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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 424, Cogan Street, Barrhead, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1954  
Item 2 of 4PWD PO Box 136, Accra, Gold CoastBusinessc. 1956  
Item 3 of 4Federal PWD, HQ, Lagos, NigeriaBusinessc. 1961  
Item 4 of 450, Flinders Place, Westwood, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1965After 1970 

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 4Keppie Henderson & Partners19651982Architect 
Item 2 of 4East Kilbride Development CorporationEarly 1960sMid 1960sArchitect 
Item 3 of 4Building Design Partnership (later BDP)1980s Consultant 
Item 4 of 4Chapman Taylor Partners1980s Consultant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 2 of 5RIBA1956Kalendar 1956-57   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1966Kalendar 1966-67   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2105 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Autumn 2015

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership