Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Moira & Moira |
|Designation: ||Architectural practice |
|Started: ||1951 |
|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 began 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. In the early 1970s Betty was responsible for the Inverness office, Richard dealt with Shetland and other work was divided between Richard and James 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. Maurice Pettigrew and Robert ('Bob') Grant was associates in the Inverness office. Norman Hunter joined as an associate in 1974 (later he was a partner with Moira Moira & Wann until 1983).
Other architects in the Edinburgh office in the early 1970s were Calum Anton who moved to the Inverness office in 1973 and later became an associate and partner, David Cochrane who left in 1973 to establish Cochrane McGregor, David Stamp who left in 1973 to establish Gilmour & Stamp, Neil Ross who became a partner in Moira Moira & Wann and who moved to Historic Scotland in 1983, Alistair McLaren who became a partner in Moira Moira & Wann and later Wann McLaren, John Hope who left to establish John Hope Architects, Ron Galloway who left to establish Galloway Associates, Douglas Murray, Graham Martin and Morna Gorrie. David Galloway was in the Inverness office in the late 1970s.
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:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|12, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1964 *|| || |
|9, Mounthooly Street, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland||Business||1975 *|| || |
|11, Queensgate, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland||Business||c. 1975|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architectural practice:|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press|| |
|Glendinning, Miles||1997||Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75 || ||Tuckwell Press Ltd||p14|
p168-9 Heddell's Park and Annsbrae Housing
|Municipal Annual||1964||Scottish Municipal Annual||1964-1965|| || |
|RIBA||1975||RIBA Directory of practices|| || || |