Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Grant Rogers
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 October 1927
Died: 21 September 1991
Bio Notes: Ian Grant Rogers was born in Dutch Guiana on 12 October 1927, the son of Eric William Rogers, engineer and his wife Margaret Burness. He studied for the diploma in architecture at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. He was elected ARIBA and ARIAS in 1953.

Following travel in South America Rogers returned to Scotland and joined the practice of Gillespie Kidd & Coia as an assistant. He remained with this practice for eight years before joining Michael Laird in 1963 and becoming Laird's first partner in 1967, the name of the practice changing to Michael Laird & Partners. Laird said of him he was 'ever forbearing and ever forgiving ...without him it could never have happened...more than a stabiliser, a real strength. Not just one of nature's gentlemen but possibly the gentlest man I have ever met'.

Rogers was very interested in landscape design and this led to a Landscape Department being set up within the practice. His experience in personnel management was important to the practice.

Latterly Rogers was struck down by illness but he still managed to serve on the Cheshire Homes' Committee of Management and latterly the RIAS Contracts Committee. He was elected FRIAS in 1972. Outwith his profession Rogers loved the natural world and built a house for himself in Shieldaig. He enjoyed fishing themere and further north as far as Cape Wrath. He was also a keen member of the Breadalbane and Cobbenshaw Angling Clubs.

Rogers died at the Western General Hospital Edinburgh on 21 September 1991. His wife, Anne Wheeler, had predeceased him but he was survived by his two sons and one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 514, Cranford Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1953c. 1954 
Item 2 of 522, Moray Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19671974 
Item 3 of 513, St John's Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1970  
Item 4 of 55, Forres Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1974  
Item 5 of 520, Park Circus, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1979 *  

* 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 2Gillespie Kidd & Coiac. 19551963Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Michael Laird & Partners19651991Partner 

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 45 Goretex Factory & Offices, Kirkton CampusLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 45 Merchiston Castle School, Creative Arts Centre  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 45After 1958Astley Ainslie, children's wards and therapy unit  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 45After 1958Chamber of Commerce building  BelfastNorthern Ireland 
Item 5 of 45After 1958Inde Coope BreweryAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 6 of 45After 1958Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries officesEskgrove/Lasswade EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 45After 1958Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, Scottish Headquarters  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 45After 1958Phillips Electrical Offices  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 45After 1958United Wire Rope Company's factory  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 10 of 451961Gayfield Square police headquarters  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 45Before 1963Raith, housingKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 451964George Watson's College, Music School and Auditorium  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 451967Chesser House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 451967Uig HotelUigSkyeInverness-shireScotlandRestoration
Item 15 of 451968Argyle House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 451968Ethicon Factory and laboratoriesSighthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 451968Standard Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandAs partner with Michael Laird. Extension phase 2 has elevation to St Andrew Square.
Item 18 of 451968Wine Company Premises, 14 George Street  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding within envelope of existing historic building
Item 19 of 451969Maxwellton House  DumfriesshireScotlandRestoration
Item 20 of 45Before 1969Devro FactoryCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 451970Standard Life Assurance  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 451970University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, central facilities complex, including boiler house  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 45c. 1970Exhibition stands for Euclid (Great Britain) and others     
Item 24 of 451972India Place redevelopment  EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 451975Standard Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandExtension Phase 3.
Item 26 of 451975Teachers whisky offices  GlasgowScotlandOffice restoration
Item 27 of 45Before 1975Moulin HotelPitlochry PerthshireScotlandReconstruction and extension
Item 28 of 45Before 1975Royal BankPort Seton East LothianScotland 
Item 29 of 45Before 1975Royal BankEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 30 of 45Before 1975St Mary's Street development, Ben Line Building  EdinburghScotlandOffice interiors
Item 31 of 451976Standard Life Assurance Co premises, Hanover Street  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 32 of 451976Standard Life office  EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 451976The Manor HouseInveresk MidlothianScotlandRestoration
Item 34 of 451977Rosebery HouseHaymarket EdinburghScotland 
Item 35 of 451977Royal Bank Data Centre  EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 451978Arbrook Products Ltd FactoryLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 37 of 451979Haymarket Station  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment of station
Item 38 of 45Late 1970sHousing, Cheyne StreetStockbridge EdinburghScotland 
Item 39 of 451981The Mercat shopping developmentKirkcaldy Fife Partner in charge
Item 40 of 45Before 1981Hospital or health centre for Cheshire Homes   Scotland 
Item 41 of 45Before 1981Johnson & Johnson (USA) FactoryLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 42 of 45Before 1981Office development for Bovis  EdinburghScotland 
Item 43 of 45Before 1981Office development for Livingston Development CorporationLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 44 of 451985Blervie House  MorayshireScotlandHouse gutted and restored
Item 45 of 451985Easter Elchies House  MorayshireScotlandOctagonal office pod


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp128
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp129-140
Item 3 of 4RIBA RIBA Directories   
Item 4 of 4Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p44-5 University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterNovember 1991v3, no2 Obituary by Alan S Black

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of George GramsInformation sent via 'Contact Us' Page on website Sent June 2010
Item 2 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 4RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 4 of 4School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James