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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James ('Jack') Blackburn
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: James ('Jack') Blackburn was admitted ARIBA in 1938 and FRIBA in 1946. He was also AMTPI and had been awarded the RIBA Diploma in Town Planning. By 1946 he was Inverness Burgh Architect. At a time when there was a severe shortage of materials in the late 1940s he developed a type of aerated concrete to be used in place of timber. He used the new material in a competition design for a house in India, the competition organised by the Indian government. Blackburn was awarded first prize and a company was formed in India to explore the new material. In due course it was accepted in Scotland and used in construction. Two prototype houses were to be built in Inverness. A cosmetics factory in Elgin followed soon afterwards.

In 1961, Blackburn was appointed borough architect in Worthing. He appears to have moved (perhaps in retirement) to Huddersfield.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 311, High Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1950  
Item 2 of 3Municipal Buildings, Inverness, ScotlandBusiness1954 *  
Item 3 of 325, Springwood Hall Grdens, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivatec. 1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1Inverness Burgh Architect's DepartmentBefore 1946After 1954Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Glashan9 October 1956For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Robert Neish5 May 1947For Associateship
Item 3 of 3George Clark RobbEarly 1956For Fellowship

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 61946Design for a house using aerated concrete   IndiaCompetition design- awarded first prize
Item 2 of 61947Two experimental housesInverness Inverness-shireScotlandTo be built
Item 3 of 6July 1947Cosmetics FactoryElgin MorayshireScotlandProposed to be built using new material created by Blackburn. Not clear if the design of the building is also his.
Item 4 of 61954Corporation Housing, Rowan Road and Maple DriveInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 5 of 61954Fire Station, Longman EstateInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 6 of 61954Old Windmill Housing Site, Kessock RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotlandPlans prepared and approved for 18 houses


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Aberdeen Journal21 October 1946   
Item 2 of 8Aberdeen Journal17 December 1946   
Item 3 of 8Aberdeen Journal2 September 1948   
Item 4 of 8Aberdeen Journal27 June 1950   
Item 5 of 8Builder2 April 1954  p616
Item 6 of 8Builder21 May 1954  p918
Item 7 of 8Builder25 June 1954  p1134
Item 8 of 8Builder13 October 1961  'Appointments and Retirements' p676


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