Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||David Peter Ross |
|Designation: || |
|Born: ||26 July 1936 |
|Died: || |
|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"
David Ross ARIBA,FRIAS,MRTPI, FSA Scot
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this :|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|11, Airds Crescent, Oban, Argyll, Scotland||Private|| || || |
|53, St Andrews Drive, Glasgow, Scotland||Private|| || || |
|27, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||c. 1960 *|| || |
|63, Clerwood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||After 1965 *||After 1970|| |
|Court Lodge, Ham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England||Private||1977 *|| ||to the present (2013)|
|Cheltenham DC/Municipal Offices/PO Box 12, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England||Business||1979||After 1984|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this :|
|RIBA||1961||Kalendar 1960-61|| || || |
|RIBA||1965||The RIBA Kalendar|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1984||RIBA Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1994||A Directory of RIBA Members|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this :|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Building Design||20 October 1989|| || ||"Sparring Partners" by Tim Mowl|
|Country Times and Landscape||March 1989|| || ||"Triumph in Adversity" by Tim Mowl|
|The following archives hold material relating to this :|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of David Ross||Information sent via 'Contact Us' on website|| ||Sent January 2013|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
© All rights reserved. Courtesy of David Ross. Picture taken 1956. Ross in foreground at right.