Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis ('Frank') Timpson
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 May 1943
Died: 11 December 2010
Bio Notes: Francis Timpson, who preferred to be known as Frank, was born in Coatbridge on 8 May 1943 and later moved to Airdrie. He attended St Joseph's Boarding School, Dumfries, and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1961.

In the 1970s he was partner in the practice Borthwick & Watson. He was elected ARIBA in 1974.

Always able to come up with ideas and take initiative, during his later career he worked on project development for RMJM in Glasgow. He enjoyed spending time with young architects, explaining how commercial awareness would enable them to deliver better projects, although money itself was not a motivating factor: his greatest concern was to do all he could to improve lives through regeneration. He was renowned for being immaculately dressed, sporting cufflinks and handkerchief, but never with any sense of arrogance or ego.

He died on 11 December 2010, survived by his partner Jessie, his daughter Paula, his brothers Benny and Thomas and his sister Helen.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate  In later life.
Item 2 of 3Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1943 Place of birth.
Item 3 of 3Timlih, Old Monkland Road, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1984 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 2Borthwick & Watsonc. 1975 Partner 
Item 2 of 2Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)1990s *  Working on project development; dates unknown.

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 4Before 1975Computer Centre for the Corporation of Glasgow  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 4Before 1975Hillpark Secondary School  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 3 of 4Before 1975Kelvin Hall  GlasgowScotlandNew arena
Item 4 of 4Before 1975Phillips Industries factory and officesWashington Co. DurhamEngland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2011WinterRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.96: obituary by Paul Stallan