Basic Biographical Details

Name: Richard Gemmill Jones
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 October 1920
Died: 11 November 2000
Bio Notes: Richard Gemmill Jones was born on 7 October 1920, the son of Alexander Davidson Jones, tea estate manager, and his wife Marion Ewan Reid, telegraphist. He was a student member of the RIBA from 1949. He studied for the diploma in architecture probably in Aberdeen though affiliated to the Dundee chapter of the RIAS.In 1949 his entry to the Rowand Anderson Prize was commended. From 30 June 1950 he an assistant with George Bennett Mitchell & Son in Aberdeen. He was elected ARIBA in 1951.

On 1 December 1954 he moved to a post with Swan & MacLaren in Singapore but moved to the Kuala Lumpur office of the practice where he was architect in charge. On 1 January 1958 he was promoted to the position of Associate, remaining in charge of the Kuala Lumpur office. He became a partner on 1 January 1961. He was elected FRIBA in 1968 proposed by William Irving Watson, James Kirkwood, and Anthony Merg Shai Lim at which time he was still in Kuala Lumpur. By 1970 he was working in the Singapore office of the firm. He retired in 1978 and returned to Scotland the following year, settling in Gleneagles, Perthshire. He resiogned from the RIBA in 1984.

Jones died at Perth Royal infirmary on 11 November 2000. He was survived by his wife Constance Joyee and at least one son who lived in Aboyne.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 512, Forbesfield Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1950After 1955 
Item 2 of 5China Insurance Building/GPO Box 773, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaBusiness1960 *After 1968 
Item 3 of 56 Highbank, Jalan Ghangbat Demansara, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaPrivate1968 *  
Item 4 of 5Hong Kong Bank Chambers/PO Box 569, Singapore, MalaysiaBusiness1970 *  
Item 5 of 5Broom, Caledonia Crescent, Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1979 *  

* 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 4George Bennett Mitchell & Son30 June 195030 November 1954Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Swan & Maclaren1 December 1954 Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Swan & Maclaren1 January 1958 Associate 
Item 4 of 4Swan & Maclaren1 January 1961 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Kirkwood2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Anthony Merg Shai Lim2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3William Irving Watson2 October 1968For 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 11954Sighthill ChurchSighthill EdinburghScotlandStates in his Nomination Paper that he was responsible for this church - perhaps working with George Bennett Mitchell or independently?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 6RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterFebruary 2001v12, no1 Death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no6448 (Combined Box 140)