Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Macpherson Berry |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||25 March 1927 |
|Died: ||17 February 2015 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Macpherson Berry was born in Barrhead, Renfrewshire on 25 March 1927, the youngest of four brothers. He was educated in Barrhead and Paisley. National Service was spent in the RAF, first training in Wiltshire before being posted to India shortly before Partition. |
After demobilization he started the part-time course in architecture at Glasgow School of Art while at the same time serving his articles with the Scottish Wholesale Co-operative Society. After completing his course he moved to the Gold Coast in Africa where he had a post with the Public Works Department in Accra. He was elected ARIBA in 1954 and ARIAS in 1965. He moved to a similar post in Lagos a few years later. One of the benefits of his spell in Africa was that at the end of each of his Crown Agents contracts, he was entitled to a number of weeks of paid leave. This allowed the family to travel within Africa visitng the Sudan and Egypt and extensively in Europe.
After the death of one of his sons, the family returned to Scotland in the early 1960s and Berry took a post with East Kilbride Development Corporation. He continued to travel especially in the United States. In 1965 he joined Keppie Henderson & Partners where he spent the greater part of his working life as Project Architect for the first of the new Scottish District General Hospitals at Gartnavel in Glasgow and as assistant on, inter alia, Glasgow Sheriff Court.
He left Keppie Henderson & Partners in 1982 and undertook contract work for Chapman Taylor and BDP in Glasgow and London. He retired in 1991.
Berry's interest in buildings continued outwith his work. He also enjoyed the outdoors and had many walking holidays. After he retired he continued his hobbies in particular woodcraft including miniature versions of designer chairs. He enjoyed reading and writing and wrote poetry, some of which was published and broadcast and loved music of all sorts.
Berry died on 17 February 2105, survived by his wife, Jolly whom he had married in 1950 or 1951 and one son.
He died on 17 February 2015.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|24, Cogan Street, Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||c. 1954|| || |
|PWD PO Box 136, Accra, Gold Coast||Business||c. 1956|| || |
|Federal PWD, HQ, Lagos, Nigeria||Business||c. 1961|| || |
|50, Flinders Place, Westwood, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private||Before 1965||After 1970|| |
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1954||RIBA Kalendar 1953-54|| || || |
|RIBA||1956||Kalendar 1956-57|| || || |
|RIBA||1961||Kalendar 1960-61|| || || |
|RIBA||1966||Kalendar 1966-67|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIAS Quarterly||2105|| ||Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)||Autumn 2015|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |