Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter George Fisher
Designation: Architect
Born: December 1925
Died: 8 January 2006
Bio Notes: Peter George Fisher was born in Doncaster on 10 December 1925, the son of George Albert Fisher, master builder, and his wife. Dors Marjorie Deeth. He was educated at Worksop College boarding school. He studied at Sheffield University where he obtained his degree in architecture. His studies were interrupted by the Second World War. He volunteered for the RAF in 1943 and was called up in 1945. He served for three years and reached the rank of Captain. During this period he taught a vocational training programme in building to fellow servicemen. After the war he completed his University degree. He was elected ARIBA in 1950.

Fisher's first post after graduation was with Kincardine County Council, based in Stonehaven. In the 1950s he moved to Fife County Council's Schools Division. In 1963 he joined the St Andrews practice of John Colville Cunningham along with William Jack and Kenneth Purdom, the practice name becoming Cunningham Jack Fisher & Purdom. It later became the Jack Fisher Partnership. Fisher was responsible for a number of designs in St Andrews including work for the University.

In 1988 he retired from practice. In 1996/7 he transferred to being a retired member of the RIAS. At that date his son Colin P M Fisher was a partner and William Murray Jack was a consultant.

Outwith his professional life, Fisher was very keen on amateur dramatics. In the later 1950s and early 1960s he acted with the St Andrews Drama Club when they also preformed at the New Picture House. He was also a member of the St Andrews Amateur Operatic Society. He appeared in all three Byre Theatres. He regularly appeared from the 1970s onwards in performances by the St Andrews Play Club of which he was secretary for five years until 1994. On his retirement he became an honorary life member. Fisher also particilated in various different sports being a member of the St Andrews New Golf Club, Cupar Bowling Club and Kinburn Bowling Club. He was also interested in cricket, snooker and bridge and in the work of the St Andrews Preservation Society.

Fisher died after a short illness at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on 8 January 2006. He was survived by his wife, Isabel Margaret McAlpine, a retired legal secretary whom he had met when they were both stationed at RAF Pitreavie in Fife and had married in 1948, and by his daughter Alison and son Colin and five grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Gibson House, Argyle Street, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 2006 
Item 2 of 33, Livingstone Crescent, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1954 *  
Item 3 of 3Shirraids/29, Lawhead Road, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1960 *1990s 

* 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 2Cunningham Jack Fisher Purdom1960s1980sPartner 
Item 2 of 2Jack Fisher Partnership1990s Partner 

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 321959Beath High SchoolCowdenbeath FifeScotlandProject architect with Fife County Council, School's Division
Item 2 of 321962University of St Andrews, Buchanan Arts BuildingSt Andrews FifeScotlandRedesign of building to make it fit into townscape
Item 3 of 321963St Leonard's School, Science Block and Gymnasium BlockSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 321964St Andrews Univeristy, Botanic GardensSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 321966Local Authority HousingCrail FifeScotland 
Item 6 of 321966Local Authority housing developmentSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 321967Golf PavilionSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 321967Pitfour Castle  PerthshireScotlandRestoration of Castle, including removal of overlaid Adam entrance front.
Item 9 of 321967Pittenweem PrioryPittenweem FifeScotlandRehabilitation.
Item 10 of 321968Clydesdale BankSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 11 of 321969Bishop BridgeCeres FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 12 of 321969Building, Pilmour LinksSt Andrews FifeScotlandExtensions
Item 13 of 321969Double Villa, Pilmour LinksSt Andrews FifeScotlandExtensions
Item 14 of 321969Fife Folk MuseumCeres FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 15 of 321969Royal HotelSt Andrews FifeScotlandExtensions
Item 16 of 321969University of St Andrews, Student residences St Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 321969Wester Lang LandsSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 18 of 32After 196Grand HotelSt Andrews FifeScotlandDate uncertain - partner in charge of refurbishment
Item 19 of 321970sBalcarres HouseColinsburgh FifeScotlandRepairs
Item 20 of 321970sCollege GateSt Andrews FifeScotlandAddition - partner in charge
Item 21 of 321970sHowick HallAlnwick NorthumberlandEnglandRestoration
Item 22 of 321970sNewpark Preparatory School for BoysSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 23 of 321970sSt David'sDysart FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 24 of 321971Balgonie Castle  FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 25 of 321971David Russell HallSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 26 of 321974Infill Building adjacent to University LibrarySt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 27 of 32c. 1975Replica of Royal and Ancient Clubhouse   Japan 
Item 28 of 32Before 1981Double villa, Doubledykes RoadSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 29 of 32Before 1981Local Authority HousingAnstruther FifeScotland 
Item 30 of 32Before 1981RuffletsSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 31 of 321984The MaltingsSt Monans/St Monance FifeScotlandRehabilitation as flats
Item 32 of 321985House of DunDun AngusScotlandRemoval of replacement entrance front and restoration to original appearance. Internal alterations.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p563
Item 2 of 5RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 4 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS Chartered Architect2006v19, no2 Summer 200- death note
Item 2 of 2St Andrews Citizen20 January 2006  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register