Basic Biographical Details

Name: Derek Mickel
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 April 1935
Died: 15 November 2014
Bio Notes: Derek Mickel was born on 12 April 1935 into the family which ran the building form Mactaggart & Mickel. He was educated at Belmont House School and Dollar Academy. He gradtuated in architecture and town planning from the University of Strathclyde but also enjoyed a spell at the School of Art in Glasgow.

While he was a student he worked in the office of Frank Burnet Bell & Partners but after graduation joined the firm of Jack Coia and worked on several Glasgow churches. Derek Mickel's father died not long after he graduated and he moved to work in the family firm.

He was involved in the Homes for the Future project at Glasgow Green and played a role in developing new forms of construction which had to comply with increasingly stringent building regulations. He helped to form the way in which the family firm developed. He was presented in 2013 with a lifetime achievement award by 'Homes for Scotland' for his contribution to housebuilding.

As a person he was calm and friendly and knew the names of every employee in the firm where he was known as 'Mr Derek'.

He died on holiday in Fuertaventura on 15 November 2015 as the result of a swimming accident. He is survived by his wife Ann, his son and two grandsons.

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 1Gillespie Kidd & Coiac. 19591962Architect(Approximated from involvement in St Martin's, Castlemilk)

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 11959St Martin's RC Church, Ardencraig RoadCastlemilk GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RCAHMS1999Homebuilders: Mactaggart & Mickel and the Scottish housebuilding industry RCAHMSp 41, 48, 123, 153-60, 164, 167-9, 172, 177-8

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architects Journal31 October 1962  p1031-1038
Item 2 of 2Scotsman5 December 2014