© All rights reserved. Courtesy of David Ross.  Picture taken 1956.  Ross in foreground at right. 

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Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Peter Ross
Born: 26 July 1936
Bio Notes: David Peter Ross was born in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian on 26 July 1936, the son of David Ross and his wife Jessie McIntosh. He was educated at Bonnyrigg Junior Secondary School (1941-48) and Lasswade Senior Secondary School (1948-54). In the latter year he embarked on the full-time course in architecture at Edinburgh College of Art which he completed in 1960, his practical experience between the two parts of his degree being gained in the office of Morton Cowie in 1956. He had been awarded an Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship and spent the first half of 1957 in Italy. He gained further office experience with the Ministry of Works in Edinburgh between August 1957 and July 1958. He was awarded his diploma in 1960 and was elected ARIBA in 1962 and ARIAS in 1964.

1960-61 was spent in the Architects Department of Inverness County Council where he worked on the Schools’ Programme, alongside Douglas Calder, who was immensely encouraging and supportive, and Alex Fulton, moving to the office of Eric Hall in 1961. In 1962 he joined William Gunn Crerar in Oban as Crerar’s first assistant, remaining with him for two years. He worked on a variety of projects there including shop alterations and private houses. In 1964 he returned to Edinburgh to a position as senior architect with Midlothian County Architects Department where he worked on the development of standard housing types and layout and on some aspects of the planning of Livingston New Town, including the possible locations for police stations. At the same time he enrolled as a part-time student of town planning at Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded his diploma with Distinction in 1967. During this period he won another Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship and spent some time in 1966 in Scandinavia.

Between 1965 and 1967 he had a post as senior architect with the National Building Agency where he developed a programme for 16 CLASP hostels throughout the Highlands and Islands and a similar programme to provide accommodation for the additional numbers of school pupils generated by the proposed raising of the school leaving age. He also worked on the development of standard industrialised house types. 1967 saw another move to the Planning Department of Edinburgh Corporation. His work there included the preparation of conservation reports on Edinburgh New Town , Zone 1, Blacket, Calton, Dean Village and the Grassmarket; the preparation of exhibitions; comments on planning applications within conservation areas; appearance at Public Enquiries and Council Committees; liaison with amenity societies including the EAA and Scottish Civic Trust New Town Structural Survey. During this period he also taught part-time in planning at Edinburgh College of Art working alongside Robert Smart.

In 1972 Ross moved to the post of Chief Planner in Glasgow City Planning Department. He had a wide range of responsibilities including that for preparing and implementing policies on all facets of planning activity within Glasgow’s Central Area; that for all conservation issues within the City along with administration of Historic Building Repair Grants; and that for all Planning Department publications. After 5 years in Glasgow he moved to Cheltenham as Borough Architect and Planning Officer. In this position he was responsible for the major refurbishment of the Everyman Theatre, various leisure buildings including an athletic stadium, a cricket school and several sports pavilions. He also supervised the borough’s annual programmes of Local Authority housing and a major museum extension. In January 1990 Cheltenham received a Europa Nostra Diploma of merit for a decade of town regeneration ‘ involving the admirable conservation of a whole range of early 19th century buildings’.

He retired from his post with Cheltenham Borough in 1991 and studied for the degree of MSc in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University from 1992-3. From 1993 -1994 he worked in independent practice with his wife, Alice Ann Ross, a landscape architect, as Ross & Ross.

In his spare time Ross is a keen photographer and has achieved a variety of awards for his work. He is an exhibitor at the London Salon of Photography.

SURVEYOR 15 June 1973 "Industrial Conservation"

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 611, Airds Crescent, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 653, St Andrews Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 3 of 627, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960 *  
Item 4 of 663, Clerwood Park, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateAfter 1965 *After 1970 
Item 5 of 6Court Lodge, Ham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, EnglandPrivate1977 * to the present (2013)
Item 6 of 6Cheltenham DC/Municipal Offices/PO Box 12, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, EnglandBusiness1979After 1984 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 10Morton John Heddell CowieJuly 1956October 1956Assistant 
Item 2 of 10H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)August 1957July 1958Assistant 
Item 3 of 10Inverness County Architect's Office19601961Assistant 
Item 4 of 10Eric Walker Hall19611962Architect 
Item 5 of 10William ('Bill') Gunn Crerar19621964Architect 
Item 6 of 10Midlothian County Council Architect's Department19641965Senior Architect 
Item 7 of 10National Building Agency19651967Senior Architect 
Item 8 of 10City of Edinburgh Town Planning Department19671972Planning OfficerPost was 'Supervising Planning Officer'
Item 9 of 10Glasgow City Planning Department19721977Chief Planning Officer 
Item 10 of 10Cheltenham Borough Council19771991 'Borough Architect and Planning Officer'

Buildings and Designs

This 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 101958Telephone ExchangeBrediland RenfrewshireScotlandAs architectural assistant with the Ministry of Works
Item 2 of 101960Schools' Priogramme, headmaster's house  InvernessScotlandAs Third Assistant Architect
Item 3 of 101961City Infectious Diseases HospitalColinton EdinburghScotland3 twin-ward upgrade - as assistant with the practice
Item 4 of 101961Dornoch Higher Grade School and headmaster's houseDornoch SutherlandScotlandWorked on Headmaster's house - as assistant
Item 5 of 101961Haddington 'face-lift' improvement schemeHaddington East LothianScotlandAs assistant with Eric Hall
Item 6 of 101962Seafood Processing plant for Alginate IndustriesOban ArgyllScotlandAs architect with Crerar
Item 7 of 101964Corran Halls, Museum & LibraryOban ArgyllScotlandAs architect with W G Crerar
Item 8 of 101964Health CentreLivingston West LothianScotlandAs architect with Midlothian County Architects Department
Item 9 of 101967CLASP Hostel Programme, Highlands and Islands   ScotlandAs Senior Architect with the NBA
Item 10 of 101986Everyman TheatreCheltenham GloucestershireEnglandRestoration - as Borough Architect and Planning Officer


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 2 of 6RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building Design20 October 1989  "Sparring Partners" by Tim Mowl
Item 2 of 2Country Times and LandscapeMarch 1989  "Triumph in Adversity" by Tim Mowl

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of David RossInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent January 2013
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  


© All rights reserved. Courtesy of David Ross.  Picture taken 1956.  Ross in foreground at right. 

© All rights reserved. Courtesy of David Ross. Picture taken 1956. Ross in foreground at right.