Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Duncan Shearer Bremner |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||19 June 1933 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Duncan Shearer Bremner was born on 19 June 1933. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, and Robert Gordonís College, Aberdeen where he began the diploma course in September 1951, spending two years part-time and four years full-time. He gained professional experience in the office of Jenkins & Marr during this period. A Houston Scholarship from the RIBA provided assistance to him. He was awarded his diploma in June 1957 and on 21 July 1958 passed the professional practice and experience exam. He was elected ARIBA on 8 December 1959, proposed by E F Davies, Andrew Graham Henderson and John MacLennan, at which time he was employed by Keppie, Henderson & Partners. H his career was interrupted by National Service which he served with the Airfield Construction Branch of the Royal Air Force. It was there that he met his future partners, John Armstrong Lane and Duncan John Richard Garnett. |
From 1960-61 he worked as an assistant with Alan Reiach & Partners. However in 1960 Bremner together with John Armstrong Lane and Dennis Garnett had entered and won the competition for Dunbartonshire County offices. The practice Lane Bremner & Garnett was formed in January 1961 to carry out this project and at this point he became principal in partnership. As partner he participated in all stages of a job, negotiating with central government, local authorities and other statutory bodies, liaising with oither consultants, meeting clients, as well as working on design development and contract drawings.
From 1964 to 1967 Bremner was a visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art. From 1966 to 1979 he taught an undergraduate course on professional practice and building contracts at the University of Strathclyde, and from 1967 to 1977 a similar course for post-graduates.
Bremner was elected FRIAS in 1968 and FRIBA in 1970, his propsers for the latter being his partners John Lane and Dennis Garnett, and David Stuart Paterson by whom he had been brought into teaching at Glasgow School of Art.
Bremner was always active in matters relating to the profession. He served on the Council of the Glasgow Institute of Architects from 1966 to 1992 (though non-continuously), acting as chairman for three years; from 1968-1992 (non-continously) serving as member of Council and a number of Committees including Practice, Investigation and Contract, Housing Association, Finance & Services at various times and for various periods; and from 1973-1981 was a member of the Joint Standing Committee of Architects, Surveyors and Contractors in Scotland, latterly Chairman; from 1975-1980 a member of the Discipline Committee of the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom; from 1982-1991 a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Professional Conduct Committee, latterly Chairman; from 1987-1992 a regionally elected member of Council of the RIBA; and from 1991-1996 a a member of the Discipline Committee of the RIBA. Bremner was also a member of the British Institute of Management and the Association of Project Managers.
After retirement in 1992 he moved to Moray and later served on the Management Committee of the Moray Housing Partnership for four years.
Aside from professional matters Bremner was a member of Rotary for 25 years in both the Kirkintilloch and Elgin Clubs becoming President in the former and serving as Secretary in the latter.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|5, Southbank Road, Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland||Business|| || || |
|112, Union Grove, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private||1959 *|| || |
|43, Comely Bank Avenue, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1961 *|| || |
|125, Douglas Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1961||1970|| |
|69, Berkeley Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1970 *|| || |
|3, Cult Road, Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland||Private||1970 *|| || |
|118, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland||Business||c. 1970|| || |
|Birkister, South Darkland, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland||Private||1994 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|John Armstrong Lane||5 June 1968||For Fellowship|
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1994||A Directory of RIBA Members|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||9 December 1960|| || ||'Competition Result - Council Offices, Dumbarton, for Dunbarton County Council' pp1066-1071|
|RIAS Newsletter||May 1994||v5, no4|| ||Note of change to retired category of the RIAS|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||Bremner: A no20417; F no7295 (Combined Box 183)|