Basic Biographical Details

Name: Moira Moira & Wann
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Early 1970s
Ended: 1976
Bio Notes: Richard Edward Moira was born on 23 February 1910, the son of Gerald Edward Moira, artist, and his wife Alice Mary Vicary. He studied at the Architectural Association in London from October 1928 until 1934, spending the year 1931-2 gaining experience in an unspecified office. He passed the final exam on 13 July 1934 and was admitted ARIBA on 14 January 1935, his proposers being Giles Gilbert Scott, Leonard Holcombe Bucknell and Howard Morley Robertson.

He independent practice in Edinburgh in 1948 with an office at 12 Inverleith Row. Three years later he was joined in practice by his wife, Betty Lydia Chetwynd Moira. Around 1966 they opened a second office in Lerwick, Shetland and about 1968 another office at 11 Queensgate, Inverness which moved to 6 Queensgate about 1978.

In 1970 James Wann was taken into partnership and the practice name changed to Moira Moira & Wann. However around 1976 the practice split with Betty Moira operating offices in Edinburgh and Inverness and Richard Moira in offices in Edinburgh and Shetland.

The Shetland office closed on Richard Moira's death in 1988. After the death of Betty Moira a year later the Edinburgh office closed. Since that time the Inverness office has been run by Calum Anton.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 37, Mounthooly Street, Lerwick, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 3Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1970  
Item 3 of 33/4, Tanfield, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1975c. 1976 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9Calum Anton  Partner 
Item 2 of 9Betty Lydia Chetwynd Moira (née Leech)19701976Partner 
Item 3 of 9Richard Edward Moira19701976Partner 
Item 4 of 9James Wann19701976Partner 
Item 5 of 9David Lawson19731974Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Alistair F McLarenAfter 19731976Partner 
Item 7 of 9William Norman Hunter1974 Associate 
Item 8 of 9Eric Oberlander19751976Assistant 
Item 9 of 9Maurice William Irwin Pettigrewc. 1975c. 1976Associate 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 211963Poultry Research CentreRoslin MidlothianScotlandOr perhaps later (Bailey?)
Item 2 of 211969Lerwick HotelLerwickMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 3 of 211970Hill Farm Research Origanisation Headquarters, The Bush Estate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 211970Redevelopment of town centreWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 5 of 211971Hanover Square HousingStranraer WigtownshireScotland 
Item 6 of 211971St Mary's Street development, Ben Line Building  EdinburghScotland'Buildings of Scotland' gives 1975-1977 for Ben Line Building
Item 7 of 211971Torridon Youth HostelTorridon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 8 of 211972Moredun Research Institute  EdinburghScotlandPathology block, workshops and extension to Microbiology Unit - one of job architects
Item 9 of 211973Glencoe Visitor CentreGlencoe ArgyllScotland 
Item 10 of 211974Townscape AppraisalDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandPerhaps this form of practice involved - depending on date
Item 11 of 211975St Rognvald's House sheltered housingKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotland'Buildings of Scotland' giives Moira & Moira but the practice was actiually Moira Moira & Wann at this date.
Item 12 of 21Before 1975Cairngorm Skiing facilities  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 13 of 21Before 1975Office development for Diploma Properties Ltd   Scotland 
Item 14 of 21Before 1975Old People's HomeKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotland 
Item 15 of 21Before 1975Old People's HomeStornowayLewisWestern IslesScotland 
Item 16 of 21Before 1975Scottish Plant Breeding Station, laboratoriesPentlandville EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 21Before 1975Stornoway Senior Training CentreStornowayLewisRoss & CromartyScotland 
Item 18 of 21Before 1975Telephone exchangeGrantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotland 
Item 19 of 211976Moredun Research Institute  EdinburghScotlandBiochemistry unit
Item 20 of 211979General Post Office  AberdeenScotlandConversion to offices - John Donald and Neil Ross responsible.
Item 21 of 211979Loch Morlich Water Sports CentreAviemore Inverness-shireScotlandPractice had split at this date so unclear who was responsible

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press 
Item 2 of 2Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p9, p14 Torridon Youth Hostel