Basic Biographical Details

Name: Neil Burke Moir
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 September 1896
Died: 16 January 1958
Bio Notes: Neil Burke Moir was born on 2 September 1896, the son of George Moir, fancy box cutter, and his wife, Elizabeth Burke. He was articled to Thomson & Sandilands of Glasgow in 1913, attending classes at Glasgow School of Architecture. He served with the armed forces from 1916 to 1919, and continued his studies at the School of Architecture thereafter whilst working in the Glasgow Corporation Housing Department. He indicates that he completed his apprenticeship while with Glasgow Corporation. By December 1943 when he applied for admittance as LRIBA he had been promoted to First Grade Architect in that department. His application was accepted on 21 March, his proposers being Alexander Wright, Gavin Lennox and William Maclean, secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. His nomination papers state that he had travelled throughout France and Belgium, and had made one visit to Portugal. During the time he worked for Glasgow Corporation he assisted with the design of some housing schemes and a community centre.

He was FRIAS in 1955 and elected FRIBA on 8 January 1957, proposed by Frank Wood, Frank Russell Burnet and J Bell. At this time he was working for Renfrew County Council. He states in his Nomination Paper in 1957 that he had a hand in the design of all architectural work for Renfrew County Council with the exception of educational buildings. His work included housing, police offices and houses, old people's homes etc. Frank Wood in his proposer's statement wrote that the post-war housing in Linnwood (1949) and Kilbarchan (1950) was 'very attractive'.

Moir died of cancer at 121 Hill Street, Glasgow the on 16 January 1958 aged 61. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1958, Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1944 *1958 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Thomson & Sandilands1913April 1914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomson Sandilands & MacLeodApril 19141916Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation)1919Before 1944Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation)After 1919After 1944Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5James Bell8 January 1957For Fellowship
Item 2 of 5Frank Russell Burnet8 January 1957For Fellowship
Item 3 of 5Gavin Lennox21 March 1944for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 5Frank Wood8 January 1957For Fellowship
Item 5 of 5Alexander Wright21 March 1944for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5573 (combined box 88); F no5273 (Combined Box 67)