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Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Robertson Collin
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 December 1940
Bio Notes: David Robertson Collin was born on 4 December 1940 in Kirkcudbright, the son of Thomas Robertson Collin, bank manager, and his wife Margaret Noble Buchan, teacher. He was educated at Kirkcudbright Academy and studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art from 1958-64. He was awarded an Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship in 1962. Between PArts I and II of his course at the college Collin worked part time as an assistant in the office of Ian Lindsay & Partners (1960-62). In the summer of 1963 after sitting his RIBA Intermediate Exams, he visited his uncle in Nova Scotia, the architect George Cruickshank, and was employed there during the vacation.

The following year, 1964, Collin married in Edinburgh. The couple have one son.

Following his return to Edinburgh later that year he obtained a position with Law & Dunbar-Nasmith, remaining with the practice for a year. He then moved to the office of Antony Curtis-Wolffe in Gatehouse of Fleet where he spent two years fulfilling requirements and completing Part III of his degree. Having been elected ARIBA in 1967, he moved to the Architects’ Department of Kirkcudbright County Council and remained there until 1974. In that year he took a post as Senior Architect (later Principal Architect) in the Public Works Department in Suva, Fiji. He worked on a range of projects there and prepared a PWD code of practice/standard details to facilitate construction of seismic shock and hurricane-resitant buildings.

In 1980 he returned to Scotland and worked as Senior Architect (later Associate) with Scott Brownrigg & Turner. This practice became SBT Keppie in 1989. Collin was appointed Asssociate Director in 1989, Director in 1990 and partner of SBT in 1991, but the partnership was never implemented by mutual consent, and he remained as Director. From 1995 the practice became Keppie Design (he was one of four founding directors following a Management Buy Out from SBT). He remained with Keppie until his retirement in 2000.

Outwith his professional life Collin is interested in The Sea and Ships, Art, Musicianship, Local History and Writing.

Kirkcudbright, an Alphabetical Guide to its History (2003)
Kirkcudbright Shipping, (2007)
Kirkcudbright Sailing Club (2007)
Kirkcudbright’s Prince of Denmark (2013).

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 31, St Stephen Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1965 *  
Item 3 of 35, High Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 5Antony Curtiss Wolffe19651967AssistantQualified assistant
Item 2 of 5Stewartry County Council19671974Architect 
Item 3 of 5Fiji Public Works Department (later Ministry of Works)19741980Senior ArchitectInitially senior architect and later principal architect
Item 4 of 5Scott, Brownrigg & Turner1980 Senior Architect 
Item 5 of 5Keppie Architects (later Keppie Design)19952000Director 

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 381960Aldie Castle  PerthshireScotlandRestoration - as assistant with ian G Lindsay & Partners
Item 2 of 381960Duart CastleCraignure (near)MullArgyllScotlandMinor works
Item 3 of 381960Inveraray CastleInveraray ArgyllScotlandMinor restoration - as assistant with Ian G Lindsay & Partners
Item 4 of 381960Little housesCulross FifeScotlandRestoration - as assistant with ian Lindsay & Partners
Item 5 of 381964Kinross House and Home Farm  Kinross-shireScotlandAlterations to Home Farm
Item 6 of 381964Leuchie House, walled gardenNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandExtension - as assistant
Item 7 of 381965CraiglureMinnigaff KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs assistant
Item 8 of 381965Health CentreGatehouse of Fleet KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs assistant
Item 9 of 381965Holme HouseBalmaclellan KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs assistant - partial demolition and restoration
Item 10 of 381965Housing for Town CouncilGatehouse of Fleet KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs assistant
Item 11 of 381965Killochan CastleOld Dailly AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 38After 1967HousingNew Abbey KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs architect with Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire County Council
Item 13 of 38After 1967Kirkcudbright AcademyKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotlandConversion of Cochrane Hall gymnasium to multi-purpose hall. New games hall and new library extension. Architect in charge.
Item 14 of 38After 1967Secondary School, DalbeattieDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotlandNew extension
Item 15 of 38After 1967Stronord Primary SchoolSt John's Town of Dalry KirkcudbrightshireScotlandConversion to form outdoor centre
Item 16 of 38After 1974Ganilau House office blockSuva  Fiji (now Republic of the Fiji 
Item 17 of 38After 1974Hurricane-resistant housing   Fiji (now Republic of the FijiAs Senior or Principal Architect
Item 18 of 38After 1974Nasinu Secondary SchoolNasinu  Fiji (now Republic of the FijiAs Senior or Principal Architect
Item 19 of 38After 1974Prototype timber housing   Fiji (now Republic of the FijiAs Senior or later Principal Architect
Item 20 of 38After 1974Residential Teachers' Training CollegeNatabua, Lautoka  Fiji (now Republic of the FijiAs Senior or Principal Architect
Item 21 of 38c. 1974New Abbey SchoolNew Abbey KirkcudbrightshireScotlandWith Stewartry of Kirkcudbright County Council.
Item 22 of 381980sClothing Factory for S & J HarrisCowcaddens GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 38After 1980McLellan Art Gallery and warehouse  GlasgowScotlandRestoration of McLellan Galleries and conversion of adjacent Treron's store to offices - with Scott Brownrigg & Turner or Keppie?
Item 24 of 38After 1980Offices for Sun Alliance  GlasgowScotlandWith Scott Brownrigg & Turner?
Item 25 of 38After 1980Spectrum HouseClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandWith Scott, Brownrigg & Tuurner or Keppie?
Item 26 of 381983Coats Viyella Building, St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 381987F & J Smith Furniture Warehouse  GlasgowScotlandInterior burnt and replaced with shops and offices round atrium - as senior architect with Scott Brownrigg & Turner
Item 28 of 381990sBritoil Building, St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotlandAs director with SBT Keppie
Item 29 of 381990sEagle Building  GlasgowScotlandNew offices
Item 30 of 381990sLion Chambers, Hope Street  GlasgowScotlandProposals for restoration of Lion Chambers
Item 31 of 381990sMulti-storey carparkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 32 of 381990sMulti-storey carpark for the Archdiocese of Glasgow  GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 381990sOffices for Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Ltd  GlasgowScotlandRefurbishment of offices for the Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Ltd
Item 34 of 381990sPrinces Square development and shopping centreEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotlandExtension to shopping centre
Item 35 of 381990sSecure School, at St Mary's Kenmure StreetBishopbriggs GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 381990sShopping Centre, High StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 37 of 381996Anderston Free ChurchHillhead GlasgowScotlandConversion to Gilmorehill Centre (Multimedia)
Item 38 of 382000s(?)Sandside CottageKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotlandRestoration (working in private capacity)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of David CollinInformation sent to Dictionary Sent April 2013


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