Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Burns
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 December 1937
Bio Notes: Alexander Burns was born on 8 December 1937. He was articled to Gibson & Taylor in Belfast from 1954 and studied part-time at Belfast College of Art until May 1958 after which he sat the RIBA Intermediate exams. He took the 4th year diploma course in architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and was elected ARIBA in 1960, proposed by E R Taylor, J H Shann and John Nicol.

From 1960-62 he was an assistant in the practice of Mountford, Piggott & Partners in London but moved back to Northern Ireland in 1962 to a post as assistant with the County Antrim Planning Department. From 1962-64 he had an assistant post with G R Smith in Main Street, Lorne and in 1964 moved to Houston & Beaumont in Belfast where by 1969 he was a senior assistant. He was elected FRIBA that year, proposed by Trevor Anthony Houston, Eric Waite Beaumont and Robert H Gibson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 459, Mouncollyer Road, Belfast, Northern IrelandPrivate1960 *  
Item 2 of 427b, Abbots Cross, Newtonabbey, Co. Antrim, Northern IrelandPrivate(?)1965  
Item 3 of 427, Jellicoe Drive, Belfast, Northern IrelandPrivate(?)1970  
Item 4 of 466, Old Manse Road, Jordanstown, Newtonabbey, Co. Antrim, Northern IrelandPrivate1979 *After 1994 

* 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 5Gibson & Taylor1954 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Mountford Pigott & Partners19601962Assistant 
Item 3 of 5County Antrim Planning Department1962 Assistant 
Item 4 of 5G R Smith19621964Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Houston & Beaumont1964After 1969Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Robert Hanna Gibson5 February 1969For Fellowship
Item 2 of 2John Nicol1 November 1960For Associateship


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no21255, F no6580 (Combined Box 147)