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Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||George Scott Calder |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||2 July 1938 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||George Scott Calder was born on 2 July 1938 in Ellon Aberdeenshire, the son of Rev. Alastair Calder, Church of Scotland minister and his wife Aileen who was a lawyer. He was educated at Ellon Academy, followed by Greenock Academy and Glasgow Academy. He studied architecture at the University of Strathclyde and the Royal College of Science and Technology. During this period he won a 4th Year Interior Design prize and the Walpamur Travelling Scholarship. He spent the year 1960-1961 between the two parts of his degree with Dennis Lennon in London. During this time he worked on hotel, restaurant and shop interior work, for example on the Strand Hotels, London Steak Houses and Jaegar shops. |
He was awarded the degree of BArch in 1965 and was elected ARIBA and ARIAS the following year.
In 1966 he married Julia Trevenen, a musician, at St Columba's, Pont Street, London. The couple have two sons, Duncan Scott Calder, born 1969, a surveyor with Zurich Risk Management, and Douglas Lawson Calder, born 1971, who has worked as an animator with Aardman Animation Bristol, Sony Films, Vancouver and Animal Logic, Sydney.
During the years 1964-67 Scott Calder had a post with Building Design Partnership in London and worked on the Mormay House office building in Wells Street, London. He moved to Donald W Insall & Associates in 1967. He worked on a variety of projects while with Insall including village improvements, Blanchland, Northumberland, on Escamb, County Durham and on flats in Hounslow, London. In 1969 he secured a post in the office of Arne Jacobsen in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he worked on the unexecuted designs for the Central Area redevelopment of the city.
Between 1970 and 1975 he spent five years as an Associate in the office of Robertson Ward in Jamaica. He was involved with the Central Area Redevelopment of Kingston, the Sans Souci Apartments, Ocho Rios and the Montego Beach Hotel, Montego Bay, all in Jamaica. He returned to Glasgow in 1975 and formed a partnership with John Robertson Notman (the name of the practice being J R Notman Architect). During the last year of his partnership, 1979, with Notman he opened business on his own account in Glasgow as Scott Calder Architect. However in 1982 he moved to Reading where he became a Director of the practice Barton Willmore. There he worked on business and retail parks, supermarkets and commercial buildings in Reading and the South of England. He retired in 2003.
Outwith his professional life he has a long-standing interest in music and has sung in the choir of St Columba's in London, in the BBC Symphony Chorus in concerts in the BBC studios, in the Royal Festival Hall and in the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. He has maintained an interest in sketching and water colour painting throughout his career and after his retirement. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1990. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Kelvin in Glasgow and twice held the office of president of the Rotary Club of Caversham, Berkshire. He also enjoys gardening, acting as 'under gardener' to his wife.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|3, Fitzhardinge Street, London, England||Business|| || ||Dennis Lennon's address|
|BDP, Gresse Street, London, England||Business|| || || |
|5, Tobago Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica||Business|| || ||Address of Robertson Ward.|
|St Andrews Manse, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private||1938||1947|| |
|St Columba Manse, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||1947||1964||His family home.|
|89, Marylebone Street, London, England||Private||1964||1969|| |
|42, Queen Anne's Gate, London, England||Business||1967||1969||Address of Donald W Insall & Associates in London|
|2, St Austell Close, Chevior View Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England||Private||1969||1970|| |
|2, Eldon Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England||Business||c. 1969||c. 1970||Arne Jacobsen's address|
|5, Beethoven Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica||Private||1970||1973|| |
|22, Borden Road, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1973||1982|| |
|34, Belmont Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1979|| ||Address of Notman practice|
|Beansheaf Farmhouse, Bourne Close, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire, England||Business||1982||2003||Address of Barton Willmore|
|2, Bay Tree Rise, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire, England||Private||1982||2011|| |
|The Downs/101, Cockney Hill, Reading, England||Private||2011||(?)|| |
Employment and Training
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|George Scott Calder||1979||1982||Principal Architect|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1965||The RIBA Kalendar|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1984||RIBA Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1994||A Directory of RIBA Members|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
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|Courtesy of Scott Calder||Information sent through Contact Us on website|| ||Sent December 2013|
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