Basic Biographical Details

Name: Brian Geoffrey Falk
Born: 8 September 1930
Bio Notes: Brian Geoffrey Falk was born on 8 September 1930. He was educated at Bryanston School Dorset and studied for the diploma in architecture at the Architectural Association in London from 1949-54. In 1952 he was awraded a Building Centre travelling Scholarship and in 1954 he won the Medal of the Société des Architectes par le Gouvernement, Paris. He was elected ARIBA in 1955. From 1956-58 he attended the Graduate School of Design at Harvard from which he obtained a Master of City Planning degree. He was a Lehman Fellow of Harvard College from 1957 -58. He became a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1959.

In 1954-55 he worked in Cyprus for the practice Orman & Warren and in 1956-57 had a variety of summer jobs in the United States. In 1959-60 he took as post as assistant planner in the Planning Department of Cambridge County Council. In 1960 he was an instructor in Planning Graduate Studies at Harvard.

In 1961 he joined Covell Matthews. He was promoted to Associate in 1962, partner in 1966, Director of Group East African Practices in 1972 and from 1973-80 he was Senior Board Partner and Director of the overall Holding Company. From 1978-79 he was seconded to Nigerian Construction & Holdings Co. Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria as Technical Manager. He established Falk Associates Limited in 1980 but returned to Nigeria in 1981 working for two different companies. However he re-activated Falk Associates in 1986 which continued until 2010. During this period he was also Director of Moxley Jenner & Partners (London) and Director of the Thames Estuary Airport Company.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Long View Studio, Fersfield Road, Bressingham, Norfolk, EnglandBusiness  Current [2013]
Item 2 of 447, Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London, EnglandPrivateBefore 1964 *After 1970 
Item 3 of 4World Trade Centre, Europe House, St Katherine by the Tower, London, EnglandBusiness1979 *  
Item 4 of 4High House Studio, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1987 *After 1994 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Covell Matthews & Partners1963 DirectorWas based in London.
Item 2 of 2Covell Matthews Partnership1970s Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 501961University of Glasgow buildings  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 501962Building, Sauchiehall Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 501962University of Strathclyde, McCance Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 501963University of Strathclyde, library  GlasgowScotlandTeaching accommodation and library
Item 5 of 501964Office block, Torphichen Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 501964Scottish Union and National Insurance Company Building, York Place  Edinburgh, MidlothianScotland 
Item 7 of 501965Little Boghead area housing developmentBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 501965University of Strathclyde, Livingston Tower  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 501966Northern Co-operative Society Buildings  AberdeenScotlandPartner in charge
Item 10 of 501966Petersburn developmentAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandMaster and zoning plans
Item 11 of 501966Warehouse, Dundas Street and Eyre Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 501966Whitehill Industrial EstateBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 13 of 501967Petersburn developmentAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandLarge area of Local Authority housing built. Shops and offices built 1970.
Item 14 of 501967Stepps recreation centreStepps GlasgowScotlandScheme drawn up
Item 15 of 501969Haymarket HouseHaymarket EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 501969Shops for the Northern Co-operative Society  AberdeenScotlandConversions - Represented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 17 of 501970Bonded warehouse and distribution centreCumbernauld LanarkshireScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 18 of 501970British Telecom building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 501970Douglas Telephone Exchange  GlasgowScotlandRebuilding?
Item 20 of 501970Hunterston Planning EnquiryHunterston AyrshireScotlandReport prepared
Item 21 of 501970Linfern Telephone Exchange  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 501970University of Strathclyde, library  GlasgowScotlandExtension to library and exhibition hall
Item 23 of 50c. 1970Offices for the British Match Corporation  EdinburghScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office.
Item 24 of 501971Net FactoryFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 25 of 501971Our Lady of Good Aid RC ChurchMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 26 of 501971Residence for the National Trust for ScotlandCrathes AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 27 of 501971Sheet Metal Works for Cosalt Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 28 of 501971University of Strathclyde, hostels  GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 501972Shops and officesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 30 of 501972Uberior House  EdinburghScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 31 of 501972Warehouse for Storage & Warehouse Co. Ltd  West LothianScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 32 of 501973Guild Street redevelopment, Phase I  AberdeenScotland 
Item 33 of 501973Hopetoun Telephone Exchange  West LothianScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 34 of 501973Housing and hotelNorth Queensferry FifeScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 35 of 501973Offices for Berkeley Consultants  AberdeenScotland 
Item 36 of 501973Private housingMilltimber AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 37 of 501973Shopping development, Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 38 of 501973Telephone House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 39 of 501973University of Strathclyde, Collins Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 501974Blackwood's office, George Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations including removal of original decoration
Item 41 of 501974Regional office of the Continental Illinois National Banks and Trust Co. of Chicago  EdinburghScotlandRepresented Scottish interests in the London office
Item 42 of 501975Hanover Street, north section, west side  EdinburghScotland 
Item 43 of 501975Northern Insurance Company offices and Imperial Union Club  GlasgowScotlandInterior reconstructed
Item 44 of 501975University of Strathclyde, University Centre  GlasgowScotland 
Item 45 of 50197621 St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotlandInternal alterations to form offices for IBM.
Item 46 of 501976Colonial Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandInternal alterations to form offices for IBM.
Item 47 of 501976R & R Clark's Printing Office  EdinburghScotlandLarge office block added at rear.
Item 48 of 501978119 George Street  EdinburghScotlandGround floor shop demolished and building restored
Item 49 of 501978Commercial developmentDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 50 of 501978Office block, Commercial StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp143
Item 2 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Brian FalkInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent March 2013