Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Harvey McLaren
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 July 1941
Died: 7 April 2018
Bio Notes: John Harvey McLaren studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen for his diploma in architecture and at Edinburgh College of Art for his diploma in town planning. He was admitted ARIBA in 1967. He became a partner with J & F Johnston & Partners. Although Bailey gives the date of his partnership as 1974 in the RIBA directory of 1975 he is not listed as a partner, although this may have gone to press before his partnership was agreed. He would appear to be the senior partner by the 1980s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 268, Fountainhall Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1965  
Item 2 of 249, Braid Farm Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 1J & F Johnston & Partners1974After 1987Partner 

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 511966Central Area Redvelopment with shopping precinct, Regent StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 511970sAbbeyhill HousingAbbeyhill EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 511970sAirport base for Danair  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 511970sApacte Base for Santa FeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 511970sBank of Scotland, New Pitsligo branchNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandRenovation
Item 6 of 511970sBottling plant for Pentland Bonding and GlobeLoanhead MidlothianScotland 
Item 7 of 511970sCala Homes Headquarters  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 511970sDevanha Gardens Nursing Home  AberdeenScotlandExtension
Item 9 of 511970sEngineering, research, training unit, dormitories, squash courts for Comex  AberdeenScotland 
Item 10 of 511970sFactory for Edinburgh CrystalPenicuik West LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 511970sFactory unit for Standard LifePortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 511970sFactory unit for Standard Life, Belleknowes Industrial EstateInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 511970sGarage for SMTDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 14 of 511970sHarlaw HouseInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 15 of 511970sHeadquarters for Wharton Williams Diving Dyce AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 16 of 511970sHeavy Goods Vehicle depot  AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 511970sHopefield Terrace DevelopmentLeith Edinburgh Scotland 
Item 18 of 511970sIndustrial Estate Portobello EdinburghScotlandPlanning of estate
Item 19 of 511970sOffices and warehousing for Farquhar Builders  AberdeenScotland 
Item 20 of 511970sOffshore modules for Ninian Northern Platforms  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 511970sOperations Centre for Lockheed PetroleumLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 511970sOperations Centre for Santa FeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 511970sPipeline Spooling Base for Santa FeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 511970sPrivate housing for Bacal  EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 511970sPrivate housing for Whatlings  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 511970sPrivate housing for WhatlingsErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 27 of 511970sPrivate housing for Whatlings   Bahrain 
Item 28 of 511970sPrivate housing for Whatlings  Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates 
Item 29 of 511970sRetail outlet for Comet Radiovision  EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 511970sRetail outlet for Comet Radiovision  DundeeScotland 
Item 31 of 511970sStandard Life offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 32 of 511970sTimberland shopElgin MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 33 of 511970sTimberland shop  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 34 of 511970sUnderwater instrumentation base  AberdeenScotland 
Item 35 of 511970sWestings HotelLerwick (near)MainlandShetlandScotlandAlterations and extension
Item 36 of 511974Harlaw HouseHarlaw AberdeenshireScotlandInternal refurbishment. Job architect.
Item 37 of 511974Kelso Central AreaKelso RoxburghshireScotlandRedevelopment and restoration. Job architect.
Item 38 of 511975Leith Nautical College and halls of residence  EdinburghScotland 
Item 39 of 51After 1975Sheltered housing for Roxburgh District CouncilKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 40 of 51After 1975Town centre developmentKelso RoxburghshireScotlandRestoration and conservation
Item 41 of 51197826-30 Dublin Street  EdinburghScotlandRestoration. Joint job architect.
Item 42 of 511978Midmar CastleEcht AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration. Joint director in charge.
Item 43 of 511980Headquarters for Arthur Bell & Sons, whisky blenders, CherrybankPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 44 of 51Before 1981Base for Instrumentation and Kingsnorth Drilling  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 51Before 1981Hotel for First Hospitality Corporation of America  AberdeenScotland 
Item 46 of 51Before 1981Meadowhead Farm for M Williams  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 47 of 51Before 1981Timberland shopInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 48 of 51Before 1981Warehousing for G & J Investments  AberdeenScotland 
Item 49 of 511983Bieldside MillWest Barns East LothianScotlandRestoration.
Item 50 of 511989Block of buildings, High Street and Castle StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 51 of 511990Headquarters for Arthur Bell & Sons, whisky blenders, CherrybankPerth PerthshireScotlandAddition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp128
Item 2 of 5RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members