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Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Armstrong Lane
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 April 1935
Died: 18 October 2015
Bio Notes: John Armstrong Lane was born in Leicester on 7 April 1935. He was educated at Ashby-de-la-Zouche Grammar School. He studied full time for the diploma in architecture at Leicester School of Architecture from 1952-57, sitting the professional practice exam in 1958. That year he took a post with Collins, Melvin, Ward & Partners in London, working as an architectural assistant on a hospital project. He was admitted ARIBA on 7 April 1959, proposed by James Melvin, T A Collins, and S Penn Smith. From 1959 to 1960 he undertook his National Service with the RAF and worked in the drawing office of the Building & Works Department. During National Service he met his future partners Duncan Shearer Bremner and Dennis John Richard Garnett who were also serving with the RAF. In 1960 together they entered and won the competition for Dumbarton County Council offices.

In January 1961 the practice Lane Bremner & Garnett was formed, with all three as principles in partnership. He was elected ARIAS in 1961.

In 1962 Lane won the Arthur Cates Prize for his work on single storey wide span buildings. In 1964 his entry for the Alexander Thomson Travelling Scholarship was highly commended. The following year he was awarded the Herbert Baker Scholarship (200) by the Royal Academy, this time for his work (essay?) on the relationship of sculpture to architecture. In 1965 he was a member of the team who prepared 'Glasgow at a Glance' which was written by Andrew McLaren Young and Archie Doak.

The commission for Dumbarton County Offices was completed in 1965. After this Lane specialised in designing schools for ten years, one of which was Kirkhill Primary School in Broxburn which was won in a limited competition. Lane was involved in the very early days of Community Architecture. In Glasgow this mainly involved working with Housing Associations (the first one was Govan Housing Association) on both rehabilitation and new-build projects. He also worked on a range of other building types and before retirement undertook some church restoration work which he found particlarly enjoyable.

From 1962 to 1968 Lane taught one day per week at Glasgow School of Art and each year from 1966-76 gave a series of lectures at the University of Strathclyde. From 1977-96 he was external examiner for Part 3 Architcture at the University of Strathclyde and the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen.

Lane was elected FRIBA in 1968, proposed by Roger W K C Rogerson, Duncan Bremner and Jack Holmes. He retired in 1996.

Lane was involved by matters relating to the profession through his career. He served as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects from 1981-83, President of the RIAS from 1984-86, at the same time serving on the RIBA Council. From 1987-92 he was a member of Council of ARCUK. In 1990-92 he was President of Glasgow Art Club; he served on the voluntary management committee of the Key Housing Society from 1989-91 and from 1993 on the council of the Architectural Benevolent Society, being vice chair from 1997 and chair in 2001.

In 1962 Lane married Patricia A Fletcher, a pharmacist by profession. They have two daughters, one of whom is a chartered surveyor and the other a chartered architect.

After retirement he moved to Gatehouse-of-Fleet and now enjoys spending more time with his family. He also enjoys walking, trout fishing, golf (he played rugby for Leicestershire Colleges in his student days) and non-architectural competitions as well as foreign travel.

John could always be picked out in a crowd because of his colourful bow ties!

John Lane died suddenly on 18 October 2015.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Redruth/1, Ridgway Road, Leicester, EnglandPrivate1959 *  
Item 2 of 547, Princes Street, Leamington Spa 1960 per Builder 9 Dec 1960 p1067
Item 3 of 5125, Douglas Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19611970 
Item 4 of 569, Berkeley street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1970After 1994 
Item 5 of 569, Dixon Road, Glasgow, 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 3Collins, Melvin Ward & Partners19581959Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department19591960 During National Service
Item 3 of 3Lane Bremner & GarnettJanuary 1961 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Duncan Shearer Bremner5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6T A Collins7 April 1959For Associateship
Item 3 of 6John ('Jack') Charles Holmes5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6James Melvin7 April 1959For Associateship
Item 5 of 6Robert William Kelly Cupples Rogerson5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6S Penn Smith7 April 1959For Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Duncan Shearer Bremner2 December 1970For Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Dennis John Richard Garnett10 July 1970for 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 481960Dunbartonshire County Council OfficesDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 2 of 481963House alterations for Dr Mackenzie   ScotlandAlterations
Item 3 of 481964Martins GarageKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 481965Office for CruickshankKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 5 of 481966House and entrance roadTarbet ArgyllScotland 
Item 6 of 481966House for J M GalbraithLoch Lomond DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 7 of 481967Arrochar HotelArrochar DunbartonshireScotlandPublic bar and extension/reconstruction
Item 8 of 481967Gartocharn Primary School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 481967Tennis clubKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 10 of 481968Kirkhill Primary SchoolBroxburn West LothianScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 11 of 481968Service stationTarbet ArgyllScotland 
Item 12 of 481968Tarbet HotelTarbet DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 481969St Joseph's SchoolCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 481970s(?)Vale of Leven AcademyAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandExtension - new blocks added on CLASP system
Item 15 of 481970Housing in Langmuir RoadBargeddie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 481970McLays garage and showroom   Scotland 
Item 17 of 481970Premises for Usher Walker Printing Inks   Scotland 
Item 18 of 48Before 1970Depots and other work for Shell and BP   ScotlandModifications and developments at depots
Item 19 of 48Before 1970Lennox CastleLennoxtown StirlingshireScotlandSupporting architectural services in respect of engineering works.
Item 20 of 48c. 1970St Joseph's RC ChurchCumbernauld LanarkshireScotlandConstruction in progess
Item 21 of 481971Bungalow extensions, Burnside AvenueKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 22 of 481971Double garage and sauna, Victoria RoadLenzie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 23 of 481971FactoryPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 24 of 481971Primary School, KnightsridgeLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 25 of 481972Lennox CastleLennoxtown StirlingshireScotlandAlterations - cost 500,000
Item 26 of 481972Local Authority housingKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 27 of 481973Bishopton Health CentreBishopton RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 28 of 481973Deanburn Primary SchoolBo'ness (Borrowstouness) West LothianScotlandExtension
Item 29 of 481974Sheltered housingWest Calder MidlothianScotland 
Item 30 of 481974Sheltered housingRothesayButeButeScotland 
Item 31 of 481974Tarbet HotelTarbet DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and extensions
Item 32 of 481975BungalowBothwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 33 of 481975Sheltered housingGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 34 of 481976Bungalow conversion for ShawMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandConversion
Item 35 of 481976Bungalow extension, Burnside AvenueKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 36 of 481976Tenements, Arcadia Street  GlasgowScotlandRestoration and conversion of 80 tenements to 62 flats. Job architect.
Item 37 of 4819783 housing modernisation schemes for Strathkelvin District Council   Scotland 
Item 38 of 4819783 housing schemesQueens Cross GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 481978Central Govan areaGovan GlasgowScotlandUpgrade of 60 closes, backcourts and general area. Joint job architect.
Item 40 of 481979Sheltered housingPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandSketch scheme
Item 41 of 481980Bungalow extensions, Burnside AvenueKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandFurther extension
Item 42 of 481980Health CentreGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 43 of 481980Sheltered housingPriesthill GlasgowScotlandSketch plans
Item 44 of 48Before 1981Adult training centre for Strathclyde Region   Scotland 
Item 45 of 48Before 1981Sheltered housing schemes for Bield Housing Association   Scotland 
Item 46 of 481982St John's and Renfield UF Church  GlasgowScotlandRepairs and restoration
Item 47 of 481984Villa, 18 Whittinghame Drive  GlasgowScotlandRestoration. Job architect.
Item 48 of 481988Refurbishment of psychiatric wards for NHS   ScotlandRefurbishment


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder9 December 1960  'Competition Result - Council Offices, Dumbarton, for Dunbarton County Council' pp1067-1071
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Herald24 October 2015  Obituary
Item 3 of 3RIAS Quarterly2015WinterRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of John LaneInformation sent to Yvonne Hillyard Sent 2010
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no20022, F no6042 (Combined Box 115)


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