Basic Biographical Details

Name: Prabhat Lakshaman (Lakshamanrao) Kaikini
Designation: Architect
Born: 1932
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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 574, Meadowfield Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1963 *  
Item 2 of 5113, Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1965 *  
Item 3 of 5368, Main Street, Winnipeg, CanadaBusiness1970  
Item 4 of 52170, Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, New York, United States of AmericaBusiness1979 *  
Item 5 of 5PO Box 30167, SAPL, Community Projects, Yanbu, Al-Sinaiyah, Saudi ArabiaBusiness1984  

* 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 3Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)19621964Architect 
Item 2 of 3Alison & Hutchison & Partners19641966Architect 
Item 3 of 3Libling Michner & Associates1966 Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Richard Llewelyn Davies (Professor Lord)5 February 1969For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Robert Forbes Hutchison5 February 1969For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3G A Libling5 February 1969For Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersF 6670 (Box 153)