Basic Biographical Details

Name: Roy Stewart Milne
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 December 1948
Bio Notes: Roy Stewart Milne was born on 17 December 1948 in Ormiston, East Lothian, the son of John Milne (always known as Ian), consultant physician, and his wife, Elza. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University, graduating B.Arch (Hons).

He married Eleanor Olson Matheson in March 1971. In October 1972 he emigrated to New Zealand shortly after graduation and joined the practice of Gillman Garry Clapp and Sayers, architects and engineers. The following year he moved to a post with the New Zealand Government Ministry of Works. He designed various new private houses in Hamilton, New Zealand between 1972 and 1976 and one for his own use built by himself and his wife which was completed in 1975.

He returned to Scotland in early 1977 and commenced work with Desmond Hodges at the New Town Conservation Committee as part of the five-person team researching and writing “The Care and Conservation of Georgian Houses” (which was first published by Paul Harris in 1978 and went on to four editions and numerous reprints published by The Architectural Press and then Butterworth).

Milne was elected an Associate of RIAS in September 1983, an Associate of the RIBA in 1990 and a Fellow of the RIAS in September 1992.

He joined Michael Laird & Partners in June 1977 becoming a partner in 1989 and a director and company secretary of the new limited company Michael Laird Architects in 2003. He retired from practice in June 2009.

Milne and his wife have two sons, Hamish and Peter.

Outwith his professional life Milne is interested in refurbishing houses, bee-keeping, planting and maintaining hedges and trees and his grandchildren.

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 1Michael Laird & Partners19772009Architect 

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 131977Royal Bank Data Centre  EdinburghScotlandProject architect
Item 2 of 131981Scottish Equitable Life Assurance Company office  EdinburghScotlandProject architect - Refurbishment and redevelopment of office within existing historic building
Item 3 of 131984Pilrig House  Edinburgh Restoration of 3-storey and an attic L-Plan tower house to form six flats. Architect in charge.
Item 4 of 131985Standard Life officesTanfield EdinburghScotlandPartner in charge for detailing and construction
Item 5 of 131992Standard Life House  EdinburghScotlandPartner in charge for detailing and construction.
Item 6 of 131996Standard Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and refurbishment of previous Standard Life Head Office, 1 George Street. Partner in charge.
Item 7 of 132001New office development  EdinburghScotlandPartner in charge for construction
Item 8 of 132002Data centres for RBSMacmerry East LothianScotlandPartner in charge
Item 9 of 132003St Cuthbert's Wholesale Co-operative Association Headquarters  EdinburghScotlandConversion of building into offices and retail - partner in charge for construction
Item 10 of 132005Gogar Park House and lodgesGogar MidlothianScotlandRestoration of house (excluding lodges) - partner in charge
Item 11 of 13200735 St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotlandAlteration and refurbishment. Partner in charge.
Item 12 of 132007House, Heriot Row  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment - partner in charge
Item 13 of 132008House, Husabost SkyeInverness-shireScotlandWith Rural Design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p63
Item 2 of 2RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of James LatimerInterview of James Latimer by Jessica Taylor, 5 March 2009  
Item 2 of 2Courtesy of Roy S MilneInformation sent to Dictionary Sent July 2015