Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander (Sandy) Lawrence Black |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||20 May 1937 |
|Died: ||25 March 2001 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander (Sandy) L awrence Black was born in Aberdeen in 1937. Both his father, Stanley Alfred Briscol Black, and his mother, Marjory Irene Lawrence, were doctors. His family moved to Shetland when he was young and he was sent to boarding school on Durham, St Andrews and Hedensford where he did well academically but also enjoyed sport. He spent his period of National Service with the RAF before studying architecture at the Scott Sutherland School in Aberdeen. |
His first post was with Perth & Kinross Council moving later to Forfar. He married Janette Anne Chalmers in 1962 and they emigrated to Canada where they had two daughters. He was elected ARIBA in 1965. They spent six years in Ottawa, Sandy working for a large firm, Messrs R Ogilvie, on multi-million dollar projects including banks, offices, hotels and university buildings. He gained expertise in the construction of large-scale steel and concrete structures.
The family returned to Aberdeen and Sandy took a post in the City Architects's Department. After several years they moved to Ross-shire where Sandy started his own practice and Janette, a teacher, became Assistant Rector of Dingwall Academy. Sandy enjoyed working as sole practitioner and took on a wide variety of projects. He enjoyed small scale projects and the one-to-one relationship with clients demonstrated his design flair, appreciation of simple materials and attention to detail.
In his private life Sandy was very fond of the outdoors and gave freely of his time as an assessor of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He enjoyed swimming, rowing and car rallying as well as fishing, walking and camping. he also built his own boats and canoes and was an enthusiastic sailor. The family spent sailing holidays at Tighnabruach. He was a very private man with a small but close circle of friends and was devoted to his family.
He was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and underwent surgery. He died on 25 March 2001.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Tullich Wood, Balnakyle Road, Munlochy, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland||Business|| ||2001|| |
|Room 300/287, MacLaren Street, Ottawa, Canada||Business||1970s|| || |
|27, Castle Street, Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland||Business||Before 2001|| || |
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIAS Chartered Architect||July 2001||v12, no5|| ||Obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970||Galletly, James|| || |