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Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Lamb Paterson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1931
Died: Mid 1989
Bio Notes: John Lamb Paterson was born in 1931 and was based in England. He was elected ARIBA in 1957.

Shortly after qualifying at Edinburgh College of Art, John Paterson was taken on by Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM) in October 1957, initially as a member of Matthew’s supporting team for his entry in the Hauptstadt Berlin competition of April 1957 – February 1958.

Immediately after Hauptstadt Berlin, Paterson was responsible for much of the detailed design for RMJM’s Gorbals redevelopment Hutchesontown B scheme in Glasgow. A notable contribution of Paterson’s in this instance was the addition of floodlights mounted on top of the tower blocks in place of ordinary lamp standards (an idea inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and William Blake). Despite causing some initial scepticism among Glasgow planners, this lighting scheme was instituted, and due to its effectiveness, was used in all subsequent tower blocks in the city of Glasgow.

Paterson was also responsible for the design of the first post-war nursery school in Scotland from 1961. Also in the Gorbals, the school served separate Protestant and Catholic groups with two blocks accessed by a common axis and sharing an enclosed courtyard.

Paterson was eleceted ARIAS in 1965.

He became a specialist in exhibition design for which he gained an outstanding reputation and was senior partner in Paterson Associates. In 1976 he was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal for architecture. He became a lecturer at Edinburgh of College of Art and was appointed Principal in 1984. He served on numerous national and local advisory committees on the arts and art education and was convener of the Scottish Committee of the Ciriculum of the Arts.

Paterson died in 1989.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 124, Young Street Lane North, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1960s  

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 3Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)October 19571961Architect 
Item 2 of 3Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)19611964Architect 
Item 3 of 3Paterson Associates1970s 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 9(?)Landmark Visitor CentreCarrbridge   Project architect
Item 2 of 9April 1957Hauptstadt Berlin competition (Robert Matthew's entry)  BerlinGermanyIncluded in Robert Matthew's supporting team
Item 3 of 91958Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area B multi-storey flats and housing  GlasgowScotlandJob architect on Hutchesontown B scheme
Item 4 of 91958Royal High School  EdinburghScotlandProposals for science teaching rooms on the south side of Regent Road, in conjunction with Robert Steedman, later of Morris & Steedman (1958).
Item 5 of 91961Nursery School for separate Protestant and Catholic GroupsGorbals GlasgowScotlandResponsible for design
Item 6 of 91966Le Corbusier Exhibition   Scotland 
Item 7 of 91967New Town Bicentenary Exhibtion   Scotland 
Item 8 of 91969Visitor CentreCarrbridge Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 9 of 91983City Observatory, boundary wall and Playfair Monument, Calton Hill  EdinburghScotlandCommissioned by the Edinburgh Architect's Association for the proposed Camera Lucida project to the City Dome in 1984 for the RIBA's 150th anniversary celebrations.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp26 Hutchesontown B
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp191, 239, 245, 250, 251, 470
Item 3 of 4Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and LondonIreland p169, p228, p368 Hutchesontown Area B
Item 4 of 4Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p15, p74-5 Landmark Visitor Centre, Carrbridge

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterAugust 1989v1, no3 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmore241703 


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