Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas Nairn
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 March 1936 or 14 March 1936
Bio Notes: Douglas Nairn was born in March 1936, the son of James Douglas Nairn, architect and partner in the Thoms & Wilkie practice, and his wife Helen Forrester Campbell. He studied at Dundee College of Art and was elected ARIBA in 1960. He joined the partnership in 1964 and remained a partner until about 1987. He subsequently became Principal Architect, Ross & Cromarty area, Highland Council in which he remained until the mid-1990s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 326, Philip Street, Carnoustie, Angus, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960  
Item 2 of 321, South Tay Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessc. 1964  
Item 3 of 3County Buildings, High Street, Nairn, Nairnshire, ScotlandBusiness1994 *  

* 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 4Thoms & Wilkie19641979Partner 
Item 2 of 4The Thoms & Wilkie Partnershipc. 19791982Partner 
Item 3 of 4Thoms & Nairn19821987 Resigned 1987
Item 4 of 4Highland Regional Council Department of Architectural ServicesLate 1980sAfter 1994Principal ArchitectIn charge of Ross & Cromarty area. Still listed in 1994 directory as being in this post.

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 121957Dundee High School  DundeeScotlandInterior remodelling. Per Builder p654
Item 2 of 121969Dundee High School, gymnasium block  DundeeScotlandBrick extension to W
Item 3 of 12Late 1960sChalmers Ardler ChurchArdler DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 121972Dundee College Gardyne Road CampusBroughty Ferry AngusScotland 
Item 5 of 121973St Andrew's Church  Dundee  
Item 6 of 12Early 1970sAshludie HouseMonifieth AngusScotlandGeriatric and Rehabilitation Unit
Item 7 of 12Early 1970sDundee College of EducationWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 12Early 1970sDundee Technical Institute  DundeeScotlandExtensions
Item 9 of 12Early 1970s(?)Kirkcaldy Burgh Infectious Diseases HospitalKirkcaldy FifeScotlandGeriatric Unit/Day Hospital
Item 10 of 12Early 1970sMorrison's AcademyCrieff PerthshireScotlandAddition of boarding houses
Item 11 of 12Early 1970sUniversity of Dundee, Chemistry, Sports and Botanical Buildings  DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 121982Cromarty Firth Port Authority OfficeInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp90
Item 2 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered ArchitectNovember 19978, 9 Obituary of James Douglas Nairn.