Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Andrew Jackson |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||30 January 1919 |
|Died: ||28 March 2001 |
|Bio Notes: ||Andrew Jackson was born on 30 January 1919, the son of John Jackson, coach builder, (of the firm of Jackson Coach Builders, Dunfermline) and his wife Margaret Lammie Gordon. He was brought up in Dunfermline, one of five children. From his father he learned the importance of good construction. This was how he started developing his enthusiasm for the qualities of various materials and the craftsmanship involved in their proper use. |
He enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art to study architecture. However his studies were interrupted by the Second World War. He enlisted with the Royal Engineers with whom he served in France and later Kashmir and Ceylon. He taught bridge-building there and learnt to speak Urdu.
When he returned to Scotland he recommenced his studies at Edinburgh College of Art and was elected ARIBA in 1948. He set up in private practice and was successful in several architectural competitions. His design for the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool was commended. One award enabled him to spend two weeks in Denmark and Sweden to visit furniture workshops. The visit was to have a marked imnfluence on his future thinking.
He worked for a while for East Kilbride Development Corporation but returned to join the practice of Reiach & Cowan where he was in charge of the design and building of the College of Agriculture for Edinburgh University. He joined the staff of Edinburgh College of Art in 1953 and continued to teach there until he retired in 1982.
Jackson's deep interest was in design - both architectural and industrial design. Initailly he drew his ideas from the experience had had gained from competitions - both from entering and from comments made by judges. He was not keen on the post-modern philosophy of architecture and felt the profession had lost its way.
Over time he became known outwith the confines of the College. He spent periods of time teaching at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and at the Norwegian School of Architecture in Oslo. He was always pleased when his former students kept in touch.
In 1960 he converted a group of old farm buildings into a family weekend house. He was able to try out some of his design ideas during the reconstruction. He knew scotland well and was particularly fond of the west coast of Argyll.
He died on 28 March 2001 at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. His wife Moira Catherine Monteith, an artist, whom he had met at the College of Art as a student, had predeceased him. He was survived by his two daughters and two grandchildren.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|c/o Lun/14, Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||c. 1948 *|| || |
|39, Comely Bank Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private(?)||1950 *|| || |
|2, Dalrymple Drive, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private(?)||1954 *|| || |
|46, Ann Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||Before 1964||2001|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1950||University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Department of Agriculture|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Was in charge of the design and construction|
|26 May 1961||Roxburgh County Buildings||Newtown St Boswells|| ||Roxburghshire||Scotland||Jackson's and White's joint competition entry (no. 9) awarded special commendation per Builder p990|
|1968||Glen Ogle Tweeds||Lochearnhead|| ||Stirlingshire||Scotland|| |
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1948||The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1954||RIBA Kalendar 1953-54|| || || |
|RIBA||1964||The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIAS Chartered Architect||May 2001||12.4|| ||Obituary|
|RIAS Chartered Architect||July 2001||v12, no5|| ||Death note|
|Scotsman||26 April 2001|| || ||Obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |