Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Margaret Brown (Mrs Richards) |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: || |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Margaret Richards (nee Brown) was born in Kingussie, the daughter of an engineer. After a peripatetic childhood, she enrolled at Kingston School of Architecture at the age of 16. |
After graduating in 1952 she worked for two years as an architect with Powell & Moya in London, where she was, for example, the job architect for one of the slab blocks of the renowned Pimlico Project housing development in Westminster.
In October 1954 she joined Robert Matthew's newly established private practice in Edinburgh. It was initially planned that she would be mainly involved in the practice's New Zealand House project in London but by 1955 she had already been allocated to Scottish projects, including Turnhouse Airport (1954-6) and the design of Crombie Hall for the University of Aberdeen (1955-60). She was elected ARIAS in 1955.
In May 1958 she married John Richards, also of Matthew's firm (which had by then become Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall), and they spent six months travelling around Europe, taking part in archaeological excavations in Crete and spending three months at the British School in Rome.
On their return, Margaret worked part-time for Matthew's firm and was involved in projects such as the unsuccessful 1959 competition entry for Churchill College, Cambridge, and the 1957 competition scheme for Leith Fort (which came second place), for which she was sent to the Berlin Interbau housing demonstration project to examine a tower block by Dutch architects J H Van den Broek and J B Bakema.
By 1964 she was in independent practice at 19 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh. She practiced on her own account and as an associate in the Richards practice, and from 1978 she was a tutor in architectural conservation at Edinburgh College of Art.
Margaret has been a council member of the Scottish Special Housing Association and for a number of years was a member of the Cases Panel and the National Committee of the AHSS. A founding trustee and former chairman of the Lothian Building Preservation Trust, she has served on the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, the Advisory Committee on Artistic Matters of the Church of Scotland and on the Intermational Committee for Training of ICOMOS. She sits on the Steering Group of the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.
She lives at Lady’s Field, Whitekirk, East Lothian, and has two children and grandchildren.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|8, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh||Business||1954|| || |
|15, Lonsdale Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1955 *|| || |
|19, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1964 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Glendinning, Miles||1997||Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75 || ||Tuckwell Press Ltd||p18-19, p165 Turnhouse Airport|
|Glendinning, Miles||2008||Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew|| ||RIBA Publishing||p156-7,160,172,204,239,248|
|Municipal Annual||1964||Scottish Municipal Annual||1964-1965|| || |
|Willis, Peter||1977||New architecture in Scotland|| || ||p7-8, p15-16 Turnhouse Airport|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of James Dunbar-Nasmith||Interview of James Dunbar-Nasmith by Jessica Taylor, 15 April 2009|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| ||Per D Mays|