Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Elspeth Grizel Gifford (Mrs Hugentobler; Mrs Baker Baker) |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||26 March 1918 |
|Died: ||22 October 2007 |
|Bio Notes: ||Elspeth Grizel Gifford was born on 26 March 1918 and studied at the Edinburgh College of Art from October 1938. In 1941 she won the Andrew GrantScholarship of £80 for two years, which would enable her to complete her course. In the same year she secured a travelling scholarship in April, with which she studied bomb damage in Manchester, and a National Buildings Record scholarship in July/August. She passed the final exam on 17 June 1943, and that September obtained a further travelling scholarship which allowed her to study housing in Leeds, Liverpool, Coventry and London. |
On 6 March 1944 she commenced a course in town planning at the ECA. She was admitted ARIBA on 27 June that year, her proposers being Alex Allan Foote, Frank Charles Mears and Leslie Grahame Thomson.
She married twice, her surname changing to Hugentobler in 1945 and to Baker Baker in November 1963 when she wed Brigadier Henry Conyers Baker Baker, DSO, MBE (born 1912) of Sedbury Hall, Gilling West, near Richmond, North Yorkshire.
In 1963 she resigned from the RIBA, but her membership was reinstated at her request in 1970. She finally withdrew from the RIBA in 1975. She died at Hexham, Northumberland on 22 October 2007; her second husband had predeceased her in late December 1992 or early 1993. She was survived by two sons, from her first marriage, Adrian and Robin, grandchildren Laura, Philip, Simon, Thomas, Jonathan, Patrick and Justin, and great-grandchildren Jack, Ella, Alfie and Martha. Her funeral service was held at at St Agatha's Church, Gilling West, North Yorkshire on Friday 2 November.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|18, Chalmers Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||Early 1944 *|| || |
|Auchendoon, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, Scotland||Private||Mid 1944 *|| || |
|Sedbury Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire, England||Private||1963 *|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|National Buildings Record (NBR)||July 1941||August 1941|| ||summer scholarship during studies|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|www.thepeerage.com||2005||www.thepeerage.com: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe|| ||Website: compiled by Darryl Lundy, New Zealand|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Yorkshire Post||5 January 1993|| || ||report of Brigadier Baker Baker's death|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no8368 (combined box 208)|