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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Scott Calder
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 July 1938
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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 153, Fitzhardinge Street, London, EnglandBusiness  Dennis Lennon's address
Item 2 of 15BDP, Gresse Street, London, EnglandBusiness   
Item 3 of 155, Tobago Avenue, Kingston, JamaicaBusiness  Address of Robertson Ward.
Item 4 of 15St Andrews Manse, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate19381947 
Item 5 of 15St Columba Manse, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate19471964His family home.
Item 6 of 1589, Marylebone Street, London, EnglandPrivate19641969 
Item 7 of 1542, Queen Anne's Gate, London, EnglandBusiness19671969Address of Donald W Insall & Associates in London
Item 8 of 152, St Austell Close, Chevior View Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, EnglandPrivate19691970 
Item 9 of 152, Eldon Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, EnglandBusinessc. 1969c. 1970Arne Jacobsen's address
Item 10 of 155, Beethoven Avenue, Kingston, JamaicaPrivate19701973 
Item 11 of 1522, Borden Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19731982 
Item 12 of 1534, Belmont Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1979 Address of Notman practice
Item 13 of 15Beansheaf Farmhouse, Bourne Close, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire, EnglandBusiness19822003Address of Barton Willmore
Item 14 of 152, Bay Tree Rise, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire, EnglandPrivate19822011 
Item 15 of 15The Downs/101, Cockney Hill, Reading, EnglandPrivate2011(?)

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 8Dennis Lennon & Partners19601961Assistant 
Item 2 of 8Building Design Partnership (later BDP)19641967Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Donald W Insall & Associates19671969Architect 
Item 4 of 8Arne Jacobsen19691970Architect 
Item 5 of 8Robertson Ward Associates19701975Associate 
Item 6 of 8J R Notman Architect19751979Partner 
Item 7 of 8George Scott Calder19791982Principal Architect 
Item 8 of 8Barton Willmore Partnership1982 *2003Director 

* 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):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1George Scott Calder19791982Principal Architect 

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 12After 1975Ballikinrain CastleBalfron StirlingshireScotlandRestoration of kitchen after fire
Item 2 of 12After 1975Booking offices for Pakistani International Airlines  LondonEngland 
Item 3 of 12After 1975Clydesdale Bank, Lower Regent Street  LondonEnglandInteriors
Item 4 of 12After 1975Private housesWhitecraigs GlasgowScotlandInteriors - mainly responsible.
Item 5 of 12After 1975RedlairdstonBuchlyvie (near) StirlingshireScotlandInterior refurbishment
Item 6 of 12Before 1975Offices for Singleton Cinemas  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 12Before 1975Offices for West of Scotland Weatherproofs  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 121978Clydesdale Bank Headquarters, St Vincent Place  GlasgowScotlandRefurbishment including reconstruction of a desk from parts of original woodwork during modernisation, banking hall and Vice Chairman's suite.
Item 9 of 121978Trinity Congregational Church  GlasgowScotlandConversion into rehearsal premises for Royal National Orchestra Society, Henry Wood Hall.
Item 10 of 121979Aberdeen Airport, Loganair offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 121979Loganair Terminal Building BarraInverness-shireScotland 
Item 12 of 121979Sumburgh Airport, Loganair office and hangar MainlandShetlandScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 2 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Scott CalderInformation sent through Contact Us on website Sent December 2013


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