Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Kirkwood Wilson (or Jack Wilson)
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 August 1931
Died: 17 July 2000
Bio Notes: John Kirkwood Wilson, known as Jack, was born on 26 August 1931, the son of John Wilson, railway clerk, and his wife Elizabeth Turner, who had married in Glasgow in 1930. He attended Sydney Technical College, New South Wales, Australia from 1950-53 and completed his studies at Glasgow School of Art from 1953-57. He was elected ARIBA and ARIAS in 1958. In 1972 he enrolled at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at York where he studied project management.

From the late 1950s Wilson acted as site architect for a number of different practices with included Dorward Matheson Gleave & Partners and RMJM. From 1969-78 he was a partner with Thoms & Wilkie working on the new College of Education in Dundee. In the 1970s he served as a member of the Council of the Dundee Institute of Architects and was a member of the PR Committee of the RIAS. At the time of his election to Fellowship of the RIAS in 1994 he was acting as depute superintending officer on site at the new Edinburgh Sheriff Court. At this time he was an employee of TBV Consult, the successor to the Property Services Agency. However in was made redundant in February 1995. (He had withdrawn from the RIBA before 1994).

Wilson had two passions: architecture and hill-walking. In spite of a long-term illness he was able to keep an interest in the former up to the end.

He lived in Pitlochry where he died in the Irvine Memorial Hospital after a long illness on 17 July 2000. He was survived by his wife, Anne Haslock, also an architect, his daughters, son and grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Lower Oakfield, Pitlochry, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 2000 
Item 2 of 7141, Southbrae Drive, Jordanhill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1958 *After 1960 
Item 3 of 724, Craigmount Avenue North, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1965 *  
Item 4 of 734, Erskine Road, Gullane, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  
Item 5 of 7Longcroft, Newton of Kinnordy, Angus, ScotlandPrivate1984 *  
Item 6 of 730-31 , Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1990 *  
Item 7 of 7Learmonth Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1990 *  

* 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 7Dorward Matheson Gleave & Partners19571963Architect 
Item 2 of 7Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)19651967Senior Architect 
Item 3 of 7Thoms & Wilkie1968 or 19691975Partner 
Item 4 of 7The Thoms & Wilkie Partnership1978 * Partner(?) 
Item 5 of 7Barry Gasson Architects19781983Senior Architect 
Item 6 of 7H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)After 1983 Senior Architect 
Item 7 of 7TBV Consult1990s Senior Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 141957Queen Mother's Hospital  GlasgowScotlandWorking as assistant with Doward Matheson Gleave & Partners
Item 2 of 141960sUniversity of Stirling, including library and landscapingStirling StirlingshireScotlandSenior architect
Item 3 of 141965University of Stirling, Pathfoot Building  StirlingshireScotlandAs senior architect with RMJM.
Item 4 of 14Late 1960sChalmers Ardler ChurchArdler DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 141971Burrell Collection  GlasgowScotlandProject architect
Item 6 of 14Early 1970sAshludie HouseMonifieth AngusScotlandGeriatric and Rehabilitation Unit
Item 7 of 14Early 1970sDundee College of EducationWest Ferry DundeeScotlandPartner in charge
Item 8 of 14Early 1970s(?)Dundee Technical Institute  DundeeScotlandExtension
Item 9 of 14Early 1970s(?)Kirkcaldy Burgh Infectious Diseases HospitalKirkcaldy FifeScotlandGeriatric Unit/Day Hospital
Item 10 of 14Early 1970sMorrison's AcademyCrieff PerthshireScotlandAddition of boarding houses
Item 11 of 14Early 1970sUniversity of Dundee, Chemistry, Sports and Botanical Buildings  DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 141983Shotts PrisonShotts LanarkshireScotlandPhase 2
Item 13 of 141989Edinburgh Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court  EdinburghScotlandAs senior architect with PSA
Item 14 of 141990sJusticiary Court Houses  GlasgowScotlandExtension


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 2 of 6RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 6 of 6Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  pp52-55

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterOctober 2000v11, no8 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership