Basic Biographical Details

Name: John James Springford
Designation: Architect, Town Planner
Bio Notes: John James Springford (known as James) was born in Ealing, London in June 1940 and was evacuated with his mother and brother to Dundee. He attended Clepington Primary School and Stobswell Secondary School where he was Technical Dux. He was apprenticed to W M Wilson in June 1955, and gained a qualification in Building at Dundee Technical College in 1958. He also studied at the College of Preceptors in Edinburgh to equip himself with the necessary qualifications for entering Dundee College of Art in 1959. He studied architecture there from that year until 1964 during which period he worked in the practice of RMJM. He was elected ARIBA in 1966.

His first job was with the practice Reiach & Hall but he left to study for a degree in town planning at Heriot Watt College (now University). He worked in the office of Leslie Norton in 1966, but in 1968 he moved to South Africa where he was employed by Professor Ivan Schlapobersky who was head of Planning and Urban Design at Witwatersland University in Johannesburg. In 1969 he worked as a planner for Holford Associates but returned to South Africa to work in the practice Withers & Gerke in 1970. He became a member of the Institute of Town Planning and Urban Design in South Africa in 1971.

He returned to Great Britain in 1974 and worked in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, spending the remaining 27 years of his career with Ian Burke Associates, ultimately as owner and manager of the practice. He retired in 2000.

Springford married Jean Ann Tod in 1965 and they have two sons, Jamie, born 1966 and Hugh, born 1967.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, town planner:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 212, Millgate, Frockheim, Angus, ScotlandPrivate1979  
Item 2 of 2Craiglochie House, Glencarse, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1990  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, town planner (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6William Mollison Wilson1955 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)1962 Architect 
Item 3 of 6Alan Reiach Eric Hall & Partners1965 Architect 
Item 4 of 6Leslie C Norton1966 Architect 
Item 5 of 6Withers & Gerke1970 ArchitectAlso worked as planner
Item 6 of 6Ian Burke Associates19732000PartnerWorking as both architect and planner

Buildings and Designs

This architect, town planner 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 201972Wedderburn Building  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 201973Telecommunications Centre  DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 201974Procurator Fiscal's office  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 201975Museum and office complex for British Inland WaterwaysMaryhill GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge?
Item 5 of 201975Offices, South St Andrew Street  EdinburghScotlandArchitect in charge?
Item 6 of 201975Shopping complex  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 201975Town Centre project for Rank City Wall  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 201976HGV training centre  DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 201976HousingShettleston Glasgow Architect in charge - refurbishment
Item 10 of 201977Multi-storey housing, Hardgate and Gairn Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 201977Offices and industrial complexPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 201978Abbeyfield retirement homePerth PerthshireScotlandArchitect in charge- alteration to earlier villa and new block added?
Item 13 of 201978Hunting Oilfield headquarters and factoryPortlethen AberdeenScotlandAs architect in charge
Item 14 of 201978James Keiller & Sons Factory  DundeeScotlandRefurbishment of offices
Item 15 of 201980North British Hotel  GlasgowScotlandRedevelopment - as partner in charge?
Item 16 of 201982Bield residential housing blockPerth PerthshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 17 of 201989Town centre redevelopmentPerth PerthshireScotlandPartner in charge? Town centre redevelopment
Item 18 of 201993Redford Barracks housing  EdinburghScotlandPartner in charge?
Item 19 of 201994Meadowside Halls  DundeeScotlandPartner in charge?
Item 20 of 201995Maryfield Sports Complex  DundeeScotlandPartner in charge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, town planner:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 2 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1990RIBA Directory of Members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1996Directory of Members 1996   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, town planner:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Mr SpringfordInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent March 2016