Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew P K Wright
Designation: Architect
Born: 1947
Bio Notes: Andrew P K Wright was born in Walsall, Staffordshire in 1947, the son of Harold Maurice Wright, architect and senior partner in Harvey & Wicks. He was educated at Queen Maryís Grammar School in Walsall and studied architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, gaining experience during the vacations in his fatherís office and in other leading Birmingham offices including Kelly & Surman and Peter Hing & Jones. Wright graduated in 1970 with a First Class Honours and was awarded the Holland Hannen and Cubitts Prize.

After graduation Wright joined the Liverpool office of Weightman & Bullen working on a number of schools in the north west of England and the Midlands and was involved in the design of a Roman Catholic church. In 1972 he moved to Edinburgh, working initially with Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul with a view to assisting on the opera house project but moved a year later to the office of Basil Spence Glover & Ferguson where he first worked on the Abbotsinch airport project . He later was appointed project architect for one element of the Scottish Widows building and later project architect for the new Royal Bank building in Princes Street.

In 1978 he decided to relocate to the countryside and was appointed to run the Forres office of Law & Dunbar-Naismith, becoming a partner with the practice in 1983 when Maurice Batten and Colin Ross also joined as partners, the name of the practice becoming The Law & Dunbar-Nasmith Partnership at that time. The portfolio of work undertaken by the practice expanded from country houses, theatres and conservation work to commercial work for developers and work for local authorities and rural housing associations. Besides the large project listed below he was in charge of a number of commissions for new country houses and lodges - notably those on the Strathconon, Dunmaglass and Kildrummy estates. Wright was promoted to Practice Chairman but resigned in 2001 to undertake consultancy work.

Wright has been active in professional matters. He was president of the Inverness Architectural Association from 1986-88; President of the RIAS from 1995-97; and has served on the RIBA and RIAS Councils and in the 1990s was a delegate to the Architects' Council of Europe. He has also been a member and chair of the Conservation Committee of the RIAS and Membership Convener.

Wright has a range of appointments to his name including Diocesan Architect for the Episcopal Diocese of Moray Ross and Caithness, member of the Ancient Monuments Board, member of the Royal Fine Art Commission, from 1997 to 2005, member of the Historic Scotland Advisory Committee and the Transition Advisory Board up to 2016, member of the Conservation Committee of the NTS from 2007-2011 and a number of others.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 216, Moy House Court, Forres, Morayshire, ScotlandPrivate/business   
Item 2 of 2130, High Street, Forres, Morayshire, ScotlandBusinessLate 1970s  

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 8Peter Hing & Jones1960s Assistant 
Item 2 of 8Kelly & Surman1960s Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Weightman & Bullen19701972Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul1972 Architect 
Item 5 of 8Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson19731978 Role unknown
Item 6 of 8Law & Dunbar-Nasmith1978 Architect 
Item 7 of 8Law & Dunbar-Nasmith Partnership19832001PartnerLatterly chairman
Item 8 of 8Law & Dunbar-Nasmith19832001Partner 

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 161976St Machar's CathedralOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandRestoration with fabric fully conserved
Item 2 of 161978Darnaway Castle  MorayshireScotlandRestoration - job architect in succession to Jack Buchanan
Item 3 of 161978Gordonstoun, house and lodge  MorayshireScotlandRepairs. Job architect after Jack Buchanan
Item 4 of 161978Logie HouseForres MorayshireScotlandRepairs and extension. Job architect after Jack Buchanan
Item 5 of 161980sBalmoral estate, houses and cottagesBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandPartner in charge - new houses and refurbishment of cottages
Item 6 of 161980sBalmoral estate, police barracksBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 7 of 161980Birkhall  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 8 of 161980Gordonstoun, house and lodge  MorayshireScotlandRepairs
Item 9 of 16198620 SSHA housesFindhorn MorayshireScotlandCompletion of scheme
Item 10 of 161987Milton Brodie House  MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 11 of 161990sChurchBridlington YorkshireEnglandPartner in charge
Item 12 of 161991Dollar Academy, Gibson BuildingDollar ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 13 of 161992Knockando Parish Church (1993)Knockando MorayshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 14 of 161995Dollar Academy, Iona BuildingDollar ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 15 of 161995Dollar Academy, Younger BuildingDollar ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 16 of 161997Liverpool Museum and Walker Art Gsllery  LiverpoolEnglandPartner in charge - major refurbishment


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p69

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Andrew P K WrightInformation via website CV sent to Dictionary January 2017.
Item 2 of 2Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010): suggestion that Wright worked for Spence firm at some point.