Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Charles Gordon
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 December 1925
Died: 13 December 2006
Bio Notes: Ian Charles Gordon was born on 4 December 1925. He studied for the diploma in architecture at the Bartlett School, University College London from October 1946 until July 1951. During the summer vacations of 1949 and 1950 he worked in the office of Mark Jones in Leicester. He also made study tours for both language and architecture during the summers of this period, in 1947 to Sweden and in 1948 and 1950 to Italy and He was admitted ARIBA on 1 December 1951, his proposers being H O Corfiato, William Kininmonth and Mark Jones.

After graduation Gordon moved to Scotland as an assistant with Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul. He was later promoted to senior architect and in 1958 he was invited to become a partner. That year he was admitted ARIAS; in 1968 he was admitted FRIBA, his proposers being William Kininmonth, Thomas Hynd Duncan and William Gray Leslie. He was also elected FRIAS in 1968.

In 1976 he formed his own practice with Thomas Hynd Duncan and Alexander Deegan Somerville who had also worked in the Kininmonth practice.

He died at Hay Lodge Hospital in Peebles on 13 December 2006. He was survived by his wife Angela.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Edderston Road, Peebles, Peeblesshire, ScotlandPrivate 2006 
Item 2 of 453, Stoneyside Court, London Road, Leicester, EnglandPrivate1951 *  
Item 3 of 416, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1951After 1970 
Item 4 of 49, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1958(?)After 1968(?) 

* 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 3Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul19511958Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul19581968Partner 
Item 3 of 3Gordon Duncan Somerville1976 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6(Professor) H O Corfiato1 December 1951For Associateship
Item 2 of 6Thomas Hynd Duncan5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Mark H Jones1 December 1951For Associateship
Item 4 of 6(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth 1 December 1951For Associateship
Item 5 of 6(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth 6 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6William Gray Leslie5 June 1969For Fellowship

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 44 Industrial Units for CDW and Scotia GP  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 44 Industrial units for CDW and Scotis GP  West LothianScotland 
Item 3 of 44 Leisure development for Hassendean  RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 4 of 44 Public houses for Scottish & Newcastle   Scotland 
Item 5 of 44 Public houses for Usher Breweries   Scotland 
Item 6 of 44 Rehabilitation schemeGranton EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 44 Sheltered housing for Castlerock Housing Association  MidlothianScotland 
Item 8 of 44 Swimming PoolHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 441951Daniel Stewart's Hospital  EdinburghScotlandSix additional classrooms - now (2014) known as the Dornoch classroom block
Item 10 of 441952Pollock Halls of Residence  EdinburghScotlandHolland Hall and Fraser Hall
Item 11 of 441953Renfrew Airport TerminalRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 441954Adam House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 441956Castlehill HousingForres MorayshireScotland 
Item 14 of 441956Drylaw Parish ChurchDrylaw EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 441957Town HallElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 16 of 441960sLiberton Secondary SchoolLiberton EdinburghScotlandPartner in charge
Item 17 of 441960Bruntsfield HouseBruntsfield EdinburghScotlandAlterations for incorporation into James Gillespie's High School
Item 18 of 441960James Gillespie's High School for Girls  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 44c. 1960Leanach of Culloden, House, servants' cottages and cattle courts  Inverness-shireScotlandRepair and re-roofing od Old Leanach Cottage in conjunction with Alexander Cullen
Item 20 of 441961Renfrew Airport TerminalRenfrew RenfrewshireScotlandExtension to terminal building, cost 230,000.
Item 21 of 441961Scottish Provident Offices  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 441962Linlithgow Town Hall Linlithgow West LothianScotlandRecasting of interior
Item 23 of 441962Muirhouse Development Phase II    Project architect
Item 24 of 441962University of Edinburgh, Student's Union  Edinburgh Extension
Item 25 of 441963Nicol Street housingKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 26 of 441963West Port Housing SchemeLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 27 of 441964Craigsbank Parish Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 441964Mary Erskine School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 441964Philiphaugh House (new)  SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 30 of 441965Church, Bingham BroadwayDuddingston GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 441965Opera House site  EdinburghScotlandArt Deco scheme for opera house
Item 32 of 441967Daniel Stewart's Hospital  EdinburghScotlandAdditions proposed in 1967 including hall.
Item 33 of 441967Kippenross HouseDunblane StirlingshireScotlandReduction of wings to width of original house
Item 34 of 441967Linlithgow Town Centre Redevelopment (CDA)Linlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 35 of 441967Post Graduate School of Medicine  EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 441969Brunton Hall and municipal officesMusselburgh East LothianScotlandPartner in charge
Item 37 of 441969Millbank redevelopmentWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 38 of 441969Pollock Halls of Residence  EdinburghScotlandFurther development - large group of 5-storey towers.
Item 39 of 441969RAF LossiemouthLossiemouth MorayshireScotlandBegan when he was senior architect - but completed as partner in charge - of new accommodation
Item 40 of 441970sOffices for IBM UK Ltd  EdinburghScotlandNot involved if building dates from after 1976
Item 41 of 441973Incorporation of Shoemakers premisesLinlithgow West LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 42 of 441974Housing, The VennelLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 43 of 44After 1975Local Authority Housing and Community CentreDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 44 of 441979Salisbury Green Mansion HouseSalisbury Green EdinburghScotlandExtension


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp124
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p552
Item 3 of 5Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp4 Pollock Halls; Philiphaugh; Adam House (Examination Hall); Drylaw Church
pp35-6, 150, 164 Scottish Provident Offices
pp74-5, 151 Martello Court
p163 Pollock Halls
Item 4 of 5Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and LondonMartello Court: p43, p215, p216, p321, p326
p380 Gazetteer 2
p238 Photograph
Item 5 of 5Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p11 Scottish Provident Offices

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered Architect2007v20, no1 Death note - Spring issue

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Combined box 113 (A no13190 and F no6011)