Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Prabhat Lakshaman (Lakshamanrao) Kaikini |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1932 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Prabhat Lakshaman (or Lakshamanrao) Kaikini was born in 1932. From 1954 to 1960 he studied for a diploma course in architecture in India followed by a course in tropical architecture in London. During part of this time (from 1957-60) he had a post with the Nuffield Foundation, based at Regent's Park, London. He worked under Lord Llewlyn Davies and had responsibility for hospital and laboratory projects. He was also a member of the research team for hospitals and site supervision which published works on the design of research laboratories and the follow-up of Mossgrave Park Hospital. |
He was elected ARIBA in 1960 and ARIAS in 1963.
In 1960 he embarked on a two-year course in town planning (1960-62) at the University of London while at the same time as holding a post as senior architect with the South Western Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board working under Richard Mellor. He worked on the ‘Dimensional Co-ordination Committee’ for hospitals during this period. He did not complete his final year as he accepted an appointment in Edinburgh with RMJM and moved there in 1962.
His post with RMJM involved being group leader of the hospital team working on hospital design and details, with responsibility for the office manual, site supervision, correspondence and meetings. While with RMJM he was the architect responsible to the firm’s entry for an international hospital competition which was awarded 4th prize.
In 1964 he transferred to the practice of Alison & Hutchison and was in charge of the hospital section. He dealt with all aspects of hospital projects from sketch to completion, including supervision of working drawings, site meetings with clients and other authorities, site instructions and correspondence. During his time in Scotland Kaikini served on the Scottish Hospitals Committee for three years and was also one of the four members of the editing committee for the Scottish Report.
In 1966 Kaikini moved to Winnipeg, Canada where he had a post with Messrs Libling Michner & Associates. There he was director of research and hospital project architect, dealing with all aspects of hospital work.
He was elected FRIBA in 1969, proposed by G A Libling, Robert Forbes Hutchison and Professor Lord Llewlyn Davies and moved subsequently to the United States where he became a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1978. In 1979 he had a post with Cannon Design Inc. in New York. By 1984 he was working in Saudi Arabia.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|74, Meadowfield Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1963 *|| || |
|113, Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1965 *|| || |
|368, Main Street, Winnipeg, Canada||Business||1970|| || |
|2170, Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, New York, United States of America||Business||1979 *|| || |
|PO Box 30167, SAPL, Community Projects, Yanbu, Al-Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia||Business||1984|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1965||The RIBA Kalendar|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers||F 6670 (Box 153)|| |