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Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||(Miss) Anne Duff |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||2 May 1931 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Anne B Duff was born in Burnside, Glasgow on 2 May 1931, the daughter of Walter Duff, mechanic and garage manager and his wife Anne Bella Milne who was a nanny and milliner before her marriage. She was educated at Burnside Primary School (1936-40) and Rutherglen Academy (1940-48). In the latter year she enrolled at Glasgow School of Architecture and was awarded the diploma in architecture in 1954. During the vacations she gained office experience with T Harold Hughes and D S R Waugh where she worked on technical laboratories and universities. After graduation between 1955 and 1956 she had a post with Fairbrother Hall & Hedges in Edinburgh, moving in the latter year to Cairns & Ford. She was largely working on schools in both these practices. She was elected ARIBA in 1956 (and ARIAS in 1977). |
In 1957 she moved to Cleveland, Ohio to a post with the practice Robert A Little & George F Dalton & Associates where she worked on private houses, housing layouts, schools, churches and student housing. As the office expanded it undertook larger projects and much of her time was spent on the design and detailing of hospital buildings. She undertook planning studies leading to working and equipment drawings for a suite of operating and emergency rooms as well as a research perinatal unit involving the use of electronic equipment and monitoring devices, all at Cleveland Memorial Hospital.
She and remained with the practice until 1966 when she took a position with William A Gould & Associates, a firm of city planners, also in Ohio. She had the opportunity to work on long range planning projects, involving site planning, lighting and traffic layouts and model making. She worked on a 5-level parking garage with plaza and other buildings above and a university research centre as well as commercial offices. William A Gould & Associates employed individuals with related skills such as economists and sociologists who formed part of the team. One project of note was a search for a site to locate a multi-storey centre for the use of small businesses which shared facilities and economic ties within the commercial area of Cleveland. She also worked on population statistics for the State of Ohio for use in planning.
Anne Duff entered a number of competitions during her career: the University of California Arts Center, Los Angeles (1965), the St Louis Mall, St Louis, Missouri (1967) and later (1973) a River Clyde Study and Ideas competition.
However she returned to Scotland in 1968 and the following year began working for Cumbernauld New Town Development Corporation as Assistant Principal Architect in charge of the Abronhill area of the town. She headed a team with six assistants. Her job as co-ordinator also involved all stages in the design process including project administration and site supervision, programming using critical path method and bar charts. As well as a number of neighbourhood shops she designed the nursery school. In consultation with the Planning Department she developed the road layout and housing concept for the town extension, worked out for the first area of housing, Westfield, and formed the basis for further areas. She remained in Cumbernauld until 1972.
From 1973 until 1974 she was self-employed undertaking a project which involved the ownership of buildings and the co-ownership of land on a communal basis for a group of elderly people. She designed and built five private houses.
In 1975 with the discovery of North Sea oil, Aberdeen commenced a large building programme and she joined the practice A McInnes Gardner & Partners as partner in charge of the Aberdeen office. The main client was Shell UK Expro Ltd. She undertook the design of various buildings for Shell and supervised the construction of an additional office building.
From 1979 until 1999 she again was self-employed with summer assistance from a student. She concentrated on ‘Design and Management’ of small scale projects with an emphasis on interior space design. In her practice she stressed the need for close liaison between the building trade and designers. She undertook numerous extension to private houses (more than 30), interior design work and refurbishment and extensions to workshop premises.
Anne Duff has a range to teaching experience. She volunteered from 1987-88 in the programme ‘Architects in Schools’ win which architects worked with teachers in local schools a project run jointly by the Aberdeen Society of Architects and Aberdeen City Education Department (with the cooperation of the Aberdeen Chapter of the RIAS, the Aberdeen Environmental Education Centre, the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Scottish Enterprise). From 1991-2000 she was a part-time studio tutor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordon’s university, teaching 1st and 2nd year BSc architecture and interior architecture courses. For ten years from 1988 to 1998 she managed the RIAS CPD programme in Aberdeen. She instigated a Music of Form course which studied the influence of the architectural orders and music and in particular the study of colour in design. From 2001-2003 she also ran further education courses on the appreciation of architecture at Cults Community Centre and Culter Library. She formed ‘The Architecture Club’ to foster an interest in buildings.
In a voluntary capacity Anne Duff was involved with the Young Enterprise Scheme, with Grampian Enterprise from 187-88, with Zonta from 1985 and with Culter and District Community Association from 1981-1993. She served as Education Convenor with the Aberdeen Society of Architects from 1997-2002 and was instigator and member of a management group which ran the ‘Designing for the Future’ programme for children in primary schools with Grampian Enterprise and the Aberdeen Society of Architects from 1995-1999. She was also served on the Aberdeen Doors Open Day Committee and initiated a drawing competition for children.
Outwith her profession Anne Duff is interested in veteran cars, architectural photography, music, drama, golf and hillwalking. She enjoys travel and has travelled widely in the United States and Europe.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|69, St Ronan's Drive, Burnside, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private||1931 *||1955|| |
|Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1955||1957|| |
|Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America||Private||1957||1968|| |
|5380, Highland Road, Highland Heights, Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America||Private||c. 1960|| || |
|138, McGregor Road, Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private||1969||1975|| |
|3, Irvine Place, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private||1975||1979|| |
|3, Irvine Place, Aberdeen, Scotland||Business||1979||1981|| |
|293, North Deeside Road, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Business||1981||1999|| |
|293, North Deeside Road, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private||1999||2011|| |
|24, Busby Road, Carmunnock, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||2012|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1949||Glasgow University, Inorganic Chemistry Block|| || ||Glasgow||Scotland||As assistant to Hughes & Waugh|
|1949||Glasgow University, new surgical building|| || ||Glasgow||Scotland||As assistant with Hughes & Waugh|
|1955||St Cuthbert's Primary School|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1956||Trafalgar Bar|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Design studies, working drawings and supervision of project|
|1957||Housing for US Air Force||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1958||Bedford Board of Education Building||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1958||Mount Sinai Hospital, laboratories||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1959||Brown House||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1959||Clevite Electrical Components Factory||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1959||Curtis 1000 Factory||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Working drawings and colour scheme design (based on safety colour codes)|
|1959||Musicarnival||Palm Beach|| ||Florida||United States of America||Working drawings|
|1959||Nelson House||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1959||Westinghouse houses||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1960||Crile House||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Addition|
|1960||Moody Junior High School||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1960||Noble and Greenough School||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1960||Polyclinic Hospital||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Laboratories and obstetric unit|
|1961||Cleveland Trust Bank||Chagrin Falls|| ||Cuyahoga County, Ohio||United States of America||Cabinet detailing to users' requirements|
|1961||Highland View Hospital||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Animal research laboratories|
|1961||Highland View Hospital||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Family housing|
|1961||Stone House||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Remodelling|
|1961||Wickliffe Presbyterian Church||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Planning studies, model making and working drawings|
|1962||Akron City Hospital||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Emergency, X-Ray, OR and Patient rooms|
|1962||Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Emergency and operating rooms, physical medicine and rehabilitation unit, obstetrics unit and perinatal unit. Her role involved obtaining the brief (accommodation and equipment), drawing up the master plan (and preparing presentation drawings), undertaking preliminary planning studies, preparing working drawings and equipment drawings and drawing up the decoration and furnishing design|
|1962||Laurel School Primary Building||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1963||Cleveland Health Foundation||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Decoration and furnishing design|
|1963||US Department of Defence Housing||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Site development drawings, working drawings and decoration and furnishing design|
|1964||Student Housing for Case Institute of Technology||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America|| |
|1966||Akron Municipal Parking Garage||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Control of all phases of the project and their unification.|
|1967||Akron Municipal Parking Garage||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Bank vestibule addition, addition to parking and landscaping of plaza, restaurant and bridge.|
Planning studies of parking requirements, air rights presentation drawings, development drawings and working drawings
|1967||Norton House||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Additions and remodelling - obtaining clients' brief, specification writing, working drawings, cabinet detailing to users' requirements, supervision of construction|
|1967||University Circle Research Centre||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Site planning, traffic patterns, lighting layout, landscaping, topography, road layout, bridge design, model making and development drawings|
|1968||Bnai Brith Hillel Foundation||Cleveland|| ||Ohio||United States of America||Planning studies, presentation drawings, working drawings, cabinet detailing to users' requirements, decoration and furnishing design.|
|1969||Abronhill Development Plan||Cumbernauld|| ||Lanarkshire||Scotland||Worked on site analysis, site development planning, report writing, project administration, development of metric house shells.|
|1972||Nursery School, Abronhill||Cumbernauld|| ||Lanarkshire||Scotland|| |
|1974||Five private houses for group of elderly people|| || || ||Scotland||Working on her own account.|
|1975||Shell's Exploration and Production office complex||Altens|| ||Aberdeenshire||Scotland||Warehouse and office for Shell UK Expro - as partner in charge of the Aberdeen office, which included site supervision.|
|1976||Shell's Exploration and Production office complex||Altens|| ||Aberdeenshire||Scotland||Additional office and boiler house. Supervision of construction of office and design and working drawings for boiler house|
|1977||Shell's Exploration and Production office complex||Altens|| ||Aberdeenshire||Scotland||Furniture carpet and curtain selection as well as colour choice for the Reception and Restaurant.|
|1978||Shell's Exploration and Production office complex||Altens|| ||Aberdeenshire||Scotland||Training centre with lecture rooms and short stay single bedrooms and study rooms. Interior design for this project and refurbishment of existing mansion on site. Also tennis courts and squash courts.|
|1985||Village Hall||Peterculter|| ||Aberdeenshire||Scotland||Extension and alterations, design, costing, grant application, working drawings and supervision|
|1986||Five private houses|| || || ||Scotland|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
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|Courtesy of Anne Duff||Information sent via 'Contact Us' on website|| ||Sent October 2016|
|Courtesy of Mary Spaeth||Information sent to Yvonne Hillyard|| ||Sent April 2011|
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