Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James ('Jim') Abbot |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||25 February 1948 |
|Died: ||26 January 2001 |
|Bio Notes: ||James 'Jim' Abbot was born on 25 February 1948 in England but was educated at Ayr Academy. He studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh. His first post after qualification was with Roland Wedgwood Associates from 1973-75. He moved to Michael Laird in the latter year where 'he undertook a major role in large buildings with an impressive list of clients', such as Standard Life, W L Gore, the Royal Bank and Jenners. His draughtsmanship was of a very high standard - his drawings were considered works of art in their own right - and he handled simple materials such as wood, glass and metal for detailing with much skill. His work with the practice of Michael Laird demonstrated other aspects of his personality in particular his loyalty and commitment. |
Abbot remained with Michael Laird for twenty-two years but in early 1998 he left to set up his own practice. One of his first jobs was the conversion of Rachan Mill near Broughton in Peeblesshire for a family home and office for himself. This was awarded a commendation from the Association of the Protection of Rural Scotland. He went on to develop his client base working generally on a smaller scale than previously and in close contact with clients, communities and builders all over Scotland.
Outwith his work Abbot was a keen angler and a great illustrator and artist. He was a member of the Upper Tweed Community Council and the committe of Broughton Village Hall as well as being a Tree Warden with Borders Forest Trust. He was a sociable man and enjoyed the company of family and friends.
He and his wife, Iris, who was a teacher, died in a road accident on the A701 on 26 January 2001. Ironically they had campaigned for improved safety on this road which ran past their house.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Glasgow Herald||1 February 2001|| || || |
|RIAS Chartered Architect||March 2001||v12, no3|| ||Obituary|
|Scotsman||1 February 2001|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |