Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Duncan
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 March 1939
Died: 30 March 2010
Bio Notes: David Duncan was born on 7 March 1939 and was apprenticed to J B Wingate in Glasgow, moving to the office of Keppie Henderson & Partners in 1966. While in the latter office, he qualified from the Glasgow School of Art. In the Keppie firm he worked on Falkirk Royal Infirmary, where the 'Falkirk Ward', which became the planning standard for 30-bed wards throughout Scotland, was developed. Following on from this work, in 1969 he joined the Western Regional Hospital Board as an assistant architect. He was elected ARIBA in 1966.

In 1974, when the Building Division of the Common Services Agency was established to facilitate the building programme of new district hospitals, he was appointed as a Divisional Architect. He was based in the Glasgow office. He remained with the Building Division until its privatisation in 1994. He implemented the Falkirk Ward in a number of projects, including acute hospitals in Stornoway and Oban and mental health developments for Argyll and Clyde, Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire Health Boards.

He lived in Paisley. His first wife, Babs, the mother of his children, died prematurely. He died in 2010, survived by his second wife Agnes, who was still based in Paisley.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate 2010 
Item 2 of 3320, Kingsacre Road, Bankhead, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1965 *  
Item 3 of 351, Roffey Park Road, Oldhall, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 4John Basden WingateMid 1950sBefore 1966Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Keppie Henderson & Partners19661969Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 4Western Regional Hospital Board19691974Assistant Architect 
Item 4 of 4Scottish Health Services Common Services Agency19741994Divisional Architect 

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 11966Falkirk Royal InfirmaryFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandExperimental block (and theatre block?)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp28 Falkirk Royal Infirmary prototype wards
p155 Ward Unit and Operating Theatre Suite, Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary
Item 2 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2011WinterRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.95: obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard