Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alan William Graham Burnett
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 July 1933
Died: 3 July 2000
Bio Notes: Alan William Graham Burnett was born on 30 July 1933, the son of Thomas Burnett, commercial clerk, and his wife Letitia Shackleton or McAra. He was educated at Craiglockhart Primary and Boroughmuir High Schools. He studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art and was admitted ARIBA in 1957. During this period he worked for the City Architect’s Department. He did his National Service in Holland and returned to a post with Alison Hutchison & Partners in Edinburgh. He was invited to become a partner after a short time. He was elected ARIAS in 1965.

In 1970 with George Kennedy, Colin Walker and Tom White he formed G R M Kennedy & Partners. The practice grew rapidly and branch office were opened in Aberdeen and Glasgow. He was largely responsible for setting up and for many years overseeing the Glasgow branch. His work with G R M Kennedy included a wide range of buildings, local authority and private housing and ‘one-off’ industrial developments fro prestigious clients such as the Digital Equipment Corporation, Cameron Ironworks and Caledonian Airmotive. He was also involved with range of work for Strathclyde University, business, educational and residential commissions and for schools, colleges, office and retail developments in Edinburgh and East and West Lothian.

Outwith his profession was a member of the Edinburgh Sports Club and of Dalmahoy and Bruntsfield Golf Clubs. In his younger days he had played football for Longstone United, winning a cap from the Junior Scottish Football Association. He had also run with the Edinburgh Harriers. He was a quiet man but an avid reader and was keen on crosswords (being several times a finalist in the Times crossword competition) and was classical music buff. He had a very logical mind his obituraist says ‘his approach to architectural challenges was refreshingly simple and nicely direct’

He died on 3 July 2000 in the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh after a long illness. He was divorced from his wife Nora.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 364, Broomieknowe Street South, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1958  
Item 2 of 32, Muirend Avenue, Juniper Green, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1958After 1970 
Item 3 of 37/5, Atholl Crescent Lane, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19942000 

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 3Alison & Hutchison & PartnersLate 1950s Architect 
Item 2 of 3Alison & Hutchison & PartnersEarly 1960s Partner 
Item 3 of 3George R M Kennedy & PartnersEarly 1970sAfter 1981Partner 

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 591968Housing and School DevelopmentWhitburn West LothianScotland£8m-2,000 dwellings, £1m-school, expected work to commence in November 1968
Item 2 of 591970sChurch for the Deeside Fellowship  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 591970sEngine overhaul facilityPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 591970sFactory for Digital Equipment CompanyAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 591970sHall for Baptist Church  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 591970sHousing for Dr Kerr's TrustForfar AngusScotland 
Item 7 of 591970sLocal Authority and sheltered housing Grantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotland 
Item 8 of 591972Forres House Community CentreForres MorayshireScotland 
Item 9 of 591974Haugh HousingElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 10 of 591974Public swimming bathsBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 591975Charleston AcademyInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 12 of 591975Coppice Court HousingGrantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotland 
Item 13 of 591975Nairn AcademyNairn MorayshireScotland 
Item 14 of 59Before 1975Burgh extensionsPeterhead AberdenshireScotlandPlanning of extensions
Item 15 of 59Before 1975Cameron Iron Works factory  LeedsEnglandExtension
Item 16 of 59Before 1975Cameron Iron Works factory, LivingstonLivingston West LothianScotlandExtension
Item 17 of 59Before 1975Community CentreForfar AngusScotland 
Item 18 of 59Before 1975Divisional Police HeadquartersDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 19 of 59Before 1975Hotel and shopsWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 20 of 59Before 1975Housing, hotel and conservation work Udny AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 59Before 1975Local Authority and sheltered housing Forres MorayshireScotland 
Item 22 of 59Before 1975Local Authority and sheltered housing Elgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 23 of 59Before 1975Luxury flats  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 59Before 1975Napier Technical College  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 25 of 59Before 1975Peebles High SchoolPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandRehabilitation and games hall
Item 26 of 59Before 1975Primary schoolNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 27 of 59Before 1975Private houses for L HartEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 
Item 28 of 59Before 1975Private houses for P G SmithAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 29 of 59Before 1975Telford College  EdinburghScotlandExtensions
Item 30 of 591976Lanthorn Community CentreDedridge, Livingston West LothianScotland 
Item 31 of 591976Mosshill Industrial Estate, Digital Equipment plantAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 32 of 591978Wilsness Terminal, Sumburgh Airport Mainland, Shetland Scotland 
Item 33 of 59c. 1979Culloden HouseCulloden Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 34 of 59Early 1970s619 houses for SSHA, New Farm LochKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 35 of 59Early 1970sAlbert Secondary SchoolSpringburn Glasgow  
Item 36 of 59Early 1970sBurgh extensions including housing, shops and recreation facilitiesWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 37 of 59Early 1970sCameron Iron WorksLeeds YorkshireEnglandFactory and office extension
Item 38 of 59Early 1970sChildren's home for Aberlour TrustStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 39 of 59Early 1970sChildren's home for Aberlour Trust  DundeeScotland 
Item 40 of 59Early 1970sChildren's home for Lothian Homes TrustHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 41 of 59Early 1970sChildren's Home for the Aberlour TrustHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 42 of 59Early 1970sChildren's Home for the Aberlour TrustPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 43 of 59Early 1970sLuxury flats, BarchapelPatterton RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 44 of 59Early 1970sPriorsford Primary SchoolPeebles PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 45 of 59Early 1970sWRA research laboratoryGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 46 of 591980Thorndene TerraceSlamannan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 47 of 59Before 1981Finance Offices for Sheltland Islands CouncilLerwickMainlandSheltlandScotland 
Item 48 of 59Before 1981Housing for Hanover Housing AssociationFalkirk West LothianScotland 
Item 49 of 59Before 1981Housing for Hanover Housing AssociationBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 50 of 59Before 1981Housing modernisationPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 51 of 59Before 1981Pick-n-Save SupermarketStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 52 of 59Before 1981Pick-n-Save SupermarketAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 53 of 59Before 1981Sheltered housing for Hanover Housing Association  AberdeenScotland 
Item 54 of 59Before 1981Sheltered housing for Hanover Housing AssociationStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 55 of 59Before 1981Wils Ness Terminal Building, Fire Station, Meterological Offices and VCR Building Sumburgh AirportMainlandSheltlandScotland 
Item 56 of 59Before 1981Workshops for Shetland Islands CouncilBattasound ShetlandScotland 
Item 57 of 591982The Glebe HousingKingussie Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 58 of 591984International Baptist ChurchBieldside AberdeenScotland 
Item 59 of 591985Doune Court HousingMacduff BanffshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
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 Londonp245 New Farm Loch
Item 2 of 7RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 3 of 7RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 4 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterOctober 2000v11, no8 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership