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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward Taylor
Designation: Architect
Born: 1937
Bio Notes: Edward Taylor was born in 1937, the son of Seymour ‘Moss’ Stookes Taylor, inshore fisherman, and his wife Jane Ann Craig Wood. He was educated at Gourdon Primary School and Stonehaven Mackie Academy. From 1958-59 he was articled to Carver Ross & Symon. At the same time he studied part-time at the School of Architecture, Dundee College of Art transferring to the full-time course after some time. He was awarded a travel grant for best student in the final year in the session 1961-62 which enabled him to make a study trip to Italy.

In 1963 he joined the firm of Baxter Clark & Paul which was based in Dundee but had a branch office in Glasgow and was involved with the competition design for the Livingston New Town Development Corporation offices. He was elected ARIBA in that year. In 1964 he won a travel scholarship of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, London to the United States through which he worked as assistant in the office of Louis Kahn in Philadelphia. In that same year he was elected ARIAS.

In 1966 he returned to Scotland and took a post as project architect in the Architecture Research Unit of the University of Edinburgh, remaining there until 1972. From 1972 to 1974 he studied for the degree of MPhil in Urban Design and Regional Planning at the University of Edinburgh. On completing this he worked briefly in the office of Wheeler & Sproson in Kirkcaldy and in 1975 he was appointed development manager in the Scottish Tourist Board. He was elected RTPI in 1976. He remained with the Tourist Board and was involved with various projects including working as project leader on the Scottish Tourism and Recreation Planning Studies team (STB, CCS, SSC etc) with the Regional Council of Scotland from 1984-85. In the latter year he set up business on his own account as Edward Taylor Architect & Planning Consultant. Initially he worked from home but later shared office space in Boroughloch Square and staff with Thomas Henney whom he had known from his days with the Architecture Research Unit, though their practices always remained independent.

Taylor married twice: first in 1969 to Evelyn Jane Campbell who, like her husband, studied at Dundee College of Art. Evelyn died in 1996 and Taylor married Winifred Avis Elsley in 2004. By his first wife Taylor has one daughter, Mairi who studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and runs a consultancy in Edinburgh. He retired in 2009.

Outwith his professional life, Taylor enjoys voluntary work (at RCAHMS), rowing, running, furniture design, gardening, in particular growing vegetables, back-packing in the Rockies and Canyons in USA.

Biography and joblist being complied (April 2011)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 427, South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business 2003 
Item 2 of 4East Lodge/100, The Wisp, Edmonstone, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1979 Home address from before 1979 but office and home from 1985.
Item 3 of 43, Boroughloch Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19901998Office space shared with Thomas Henney.
Item 4 of 41, Dewarton, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate/business2003 Home and business until retirement in 2009.

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 44 Braidwood CottagesPenicuik (near) MidlothianScotlandThree new houses forming courtyard - with sustainable energy generation on site etc
Item 2 of 44 Edinburgh University Library  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment of ground floor and lower ground floor - remaoval of island issue and returns desk, installation of new desks, improved secure access and replacement of lighting and other services
Item 3 of 44 Hoolit's Ha'Ancrum RoxburghshireScotlandConversion and addition of timber framed room.
Item 4 of 441963Administrative officesLivingston New Town West LothianScotlandProject architect - main responsibility
Item 5 of 441986Glasgow Garden Festival  GlasgowScotlandTourist accommodation study - assessment of demand for during of festival
Item 6 of 441986Letham GrangeArbroath AngusScotlandAlterations and addtiions to country house hotel.
Item 7 of 441987Arbroath HarbourArbroath AngusScotlandHarbour development project appraisal - appraisal of feasibility of developer's plans
Item 8 of 441987Brechin reviewBrechin AngusScotlandAs part of economic review by lead consultatns Segal Quince Wicksteed, identification of tourism and recreation project proposals, costs, markets and implementation
Item 9 of 441987David Marshall Lodge and IndicatorAberfoyle PerthshireScotlandProposals to improve facilities and design interpretative plan
Item 10 of 441987Glasgow Garden Festival  GlasgowScotlandTower for Forestry Commission
Item 11 of 441987Liddesdale HotelNewcastleton RoxburghshireScotlandFeasibility studies for hotel improvements and self-catering accommodation
Item 12 of 441987Scottish Deer Centre  FifeScotlandFeasibility study for commercial visitor centre
Item 13 of 441987Stonehaven Open Air Swimming PoolStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandAppraisal for restoration
Item 14 of 441987Walkers' accommodation on Southern Upland Way   ScotlandFeasibility study
Item 15 of 441988Hospitalfield  AngusScotlandReview of potential
Item 16 of 441988King's CollegeOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandAlterations and additions to old library form visitor centre and cenference centre - won Regebneration Award
Item 17 of 441988Queen Elizabeth Forest ParkStrathyre PerthshireScotlandInterpretive plan with marketing strategy
Item 18 of 441988University of Edinburgh, Medical School and McEwan Hall  EdinburghScotlandProposals and listed building consent for major regeneration project at McEwan Hall - Lottery funding application.
Item 19 of 441989Holy Trinity Episcopal ChurchLamington LanarkshireScotlandFeasibility study into conversion of church into stained glas workshop and visitor centre
Item 20 of 441989North Angus economic study  AngusScotlandTourism appraisal with identification of key project opportunities - as part of team led by Roger Tym & Partners
Item 21 of 441989Rothesay and Isle of Bute development planRothesayButeArgyll & ButeScotlandTourism audit and development proposals as part of study by Roger Tym & Partners.
Item 22 of 441989University of Dundee Botanic Garden  DundeeScotlandStrategic review
Item 23 of 441990Aberdeen University, Marischal College  AberdeenScotlandAlteration to form theatre/cinema and schoolroom display area in the anthropological museum.
Item 24 of 441990Camping and caravaning facilities  East LothianScotlandReview of camping and carvanning provision
Item 25 of 441990Wemyss Coast with Wemyss Cave Visitor Centre  FifeScotlandReview of tourism potential on Wemyss Coast with feasibility study for new visitor centre.
Item 26 of 441991Brechin RailwayBrechin Angus Draft business plan and physical proposlas for 4-mile leisure railway
Item 27 of 441992Brechin StationBrechin AngusScotlandRestoration for base of new steam railway (Caledonian Coy Ltd)
Item 28 of 441992Gleniffer Braes Country ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandLead consultant on team set up to advise Renfrew Enterprise amd Renfrew District Council on porblems and opportunities of development of country park
Item 29 of 441992University of Aberdeen, student accommodation  AberdeenScotlandProposals
Item 30 of 441993Deanston DistilleryDeanston StirlingshireScotlandProposals to convert redundant stores into visitor centre
Item 31 of 441993Dundee Law Masterplan  DundeeScotland 
Item 32 of 441993Melrose town centreMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandStudy on how to improve visitr experience in the town - better access to Abbey, TIC, signposting, town trail and coach & car parking
Item 33 of 441993Trossachs Trail  PerthshireScotlandFeasibility study
Item 34 of 441993University of Edinburgh, Medical School and McEwan Hall  EdinburghScotlandStudies of conservation issues and long-term viability of hall, with proposals for integrating it with Medical School. Aim was to create new visitor focus for University and to anticipate types of use for redundant teaching and research spaces in due course. Work on hold while funds raised etc. Also proposals for linking upper levels of McEwan Hall and a suite of spaces to W - whoch resulted in design studies for sequence of gallery spaces for permanent collections and touring exhibitions.
Item 35 of 441993Visitor CentreSt Andrews FifeScotlandFeasibility study
Item 36 of 441996Auchtermuchty Tourism opportunitiesAuchtermuchty FifeScotlandAccess improvements, interpretation potential and business development opportunities
Item 37 of 441996Methil Boating ClubMethil FifeScotlandReview of issues facing club as a result of development proposals at dock.
Item 38 of 441997Dalkeith Police Headquarters, facilities for Police Sporting and Recreation Club. Dalkieth MidlothianScotland 
Item 39 of 441997Premises of the Police Sporting and Recreation Club  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment
Item 40 of 442000St Walburg's ChurchPreston LancashireEnglandWith Segal Quince Wicksteed, feasibility study into re-use potential as conference hall, exhibition space and related facilities
Item 41 of 442000University of Edinburgh, Medical School and McEwan Hall  EdinburghScotlandComplete measured survey of Old Medical School - used by University Works Department for renovation work in phases - resulted in a set of decanting plans used in complex time series neede for relocation.
Item 42 of 442001Melrose Traffic studyMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandLeading team including Colin Buchanan & Partners. Involved public consultation of contentious issues and revision of traffic circulation
Item 43 of 442001University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, new block  EdinburghScotlandProject management of new building
Item 44 of 442005CottageDewarton MidlothianScotlandConversion of cottage into house


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Edward TaylorInformation sent via email to Yvonne Hillyard Sent April 2011


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