Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Merson
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 February 1919
Died: 4 December 1982
Bio Notes: John Merson was born on 29 February 1919, the son of John Merson, farmer, and his wife Jessie Will. He was admitted ARIBA in 1948. His address was in Scone in 1950. In the late 1960s he was working in Aberdeen City Architects Department, with responsibility for large housing developments. There, he was assisted by John Donald. Sometime after 1968, when Donald left, Merson was promoted to Depute City Architect.

Merson died on 4 December 1982 survived by his wife Jean Milne or Barron and their daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4c/o Tocher/164, Union Grove, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1948 *  
Item 2 of 416, Goshen Crescent, Scone, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *After 1953 
Item 3 of 461, Danestone Terrace, Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1960 *  
Item 4 of 410, Ashley Gardens, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19651982 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)Before 1967After 1968Architect(?)Responsible for large housing developments (he was assisted by John Donald at the time)
Item 2 of 2Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)After 1968After 1968Depute DirectorDepute City Architect

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 6Late 1960Infill housing Summerhill AberdeenScotlandAs job architect - with main responsibility
Item 2 of 61965Multi-storey housing, Tillydrone-Hayton IV  AberdeenScotlandJob architect with main responsibility
Item 3 of 61966Multi-storey housing, Cornhill-Stockethill Section IV  AberdeenScotlandJob architect - with main responsibility
Item 4 of 6Late 1960sAiryhall Library  AberdeenScotlandJob architect with main responsibility
Item 5 of 6Late 1960sInfill housingNorthfield AberdeenScotlandJob architect - with main responsibility
Item 6 of 6Late 1960sInfill HousingMastrick AberdeenScotlandJob architect - with main responsibility

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp367 Gazetteer 1
Item 2 of 7RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 7RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of John DonaldInformation sent via DSA website  
Item 2 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register