Basic Biographical Details

Name: John ('Jack') Baird
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 May 1915
Died: 27 April 2006
Bio Notes: John ('Jack') Baird was born on 16 May 1915, the son of Robert Baird, colliery salesman and his wife, Elizabeth McGregor Kay. From October 1935 he took morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art concurrently with evening classes at Heriot Watt College. During this period he was articled to William Williamson & Hubbard in Kirkcaldy. He was exempted from the intermediate exam in June 1940. From October of that year he attended the College full-time for two years and was again exempted from the RIBA final exam in June 1942. He was admtted ARIBA in 1943, his proposers being Frank Charles Mears, Leslie Grahame Thomson and William Williamson. He was elected ARIAS in 1964.

He studied for the Diploma in Town Planning which was awarded on 29 September 1944. His address at that date was Burntisland. In 1964 his address was in Glenrothes. Jack Baird was Chief Architect to the Glenrothes Development Corporation from 1977-80.

He resigned from the RIBA in 1981 and died in Glenrothes Hospital on 27 April 2006. His wife Margaret Martin Paterson, an estates assistant, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 216, Craigholm Crescent, Burntisland, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1943 *After 1956 
Item 2 of 29, Alburne Park, Glenrothes, FifePrivate1964After 1979 

* 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 2Williamson & Hubbard19351940Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Glenrothes Development Corporation (or Glenrothes New Town Development Corporation)19771980Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears16 March 1943for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)16 March 1943for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Williamson16 March 1943for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p570
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered Architect2006v19, no2 Summer 2006 - death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8172 (combined box 205)