Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gordon Thomas Brown
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 December 1946
Died: 6 September 1999
Bio Notes: Gordon Thomas Brown was born in Edinburgh on 1 December 1946 to parents from Orkney families and throughout his life he kept close connections with his island roots. He attended school in Edinburgh and studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture from October 1968. He was awarded his diploma in architecture in June 1974. The following year he passed the RIBA Part 3 exams. He spent some time as assistant (perhaps summer vacations) in the office of Dick Peddie & McKay.

He commenced work with Livingston Development Corporation in late 1974 as an architectural assistant and was promoted to architect in 1975. In 1978 he studied part-time for the diploma in town planning at Edinburgh College of Art whilst continuing his day job with the Corporation. He remained there until the wind up of the Corporation in 1996, eventually being responsible as Principal Architect for much of the newer housing in the town. His most distinctive achievement was his role in the regeneration of the earlier housing in Livingston, including courtyard layouts in Knightsridge and Jespersen and large panel flats in Craigshill. The radical redesign concepts were largely his and he led the team implementing these ideas for many years. He success of these difficult cases was largely due to him.

While working for Livingston, his evenings and weekends were occupied by private work which was to lay the foundations of his full-time private practice after 1996. At that time he also became a board member of the Almond Housing Association.

Brown was known for being unfailingly supportive and giving good advice to his colleagues. He was also universally kind and considerate. He was a devoted family man and encouraged his children in their education and leisure pursuits. He himself had a wide range of interests from archaeology to aircraft design. He equally enjoyed mountaineering and restoring his E-type Jaguars.

He died on 6 September 1999 at the Marie Curie Centre, survived by his wife Joyce and their daughter and son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Kirkliston, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate 1999 

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 2Livingston New Town Development Corporation Architects DepartmentLate 19741996Architect 
Item 2 of 2Dick Peddie & McKayEarly 1970s Assistant 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterOctober 1999v10, no8  

Archive References

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