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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander G Macgregor
Designation: Architect, Town Planner
Bio Notes: Alexander G Macgregor was born in Paisley, the son of William Macgregor, turner engineer, and his wife Helen Connor, mill worker. He was educated at St Mirin’s Academy, Paisley and began an apprenticeship with James Steel Maitland in Paisley from 1953-54. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1954-57 and worked simultaneously with Gillespie Kidd & Coia, to continue his apprenticeship, working directly with Isi Metzstein, followed by three years at Edinburgh College of Art from 1957-1960 where he was awarded Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarships in 1958, 1959 and 1960. This enabled him to travel to Italy, Spain and Greece. In 1961 he was elected ARIBA.

In 1960 he moved to the practice Keppie Henderson & Partners and worked with Richard De’Ath.

In 1960 Macgregor was also a Rome Scholar Finalist and he was awarded a Fellowship to undertake post graduate study in the United States which he did at the College of Architecture, University of Illinois, graduating MArch and MUrbDes in 1964. From 1964 to 1966 he was assistant studio master under Andrew Jackson at Edinburgh College of Art, Department of Architecture working on 2nd Year design studies. In tandem with teaching he worked with Jack Coia in Glasgow. From 1966 to 1971 he was studio master, 1st year architectural design studies, in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and piloted a new Masters Degree Programme. The Central Office of Information, the COI, the British Government’s Marketing and Communications Agency made a film of the final Project, “Britain Today, A Vertiport for London Docklands”. During this phase of teaching he set up in independent practice, undertaking a range of projects.

From 1971-72 he was Associate Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Montana State University, Montana, USA, followed in 1972-74 by the post of Associate Professor of Architecture, College of Architecture, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. In 1973 he worked for Charles and William Platt, in New York City.

That same year, 1973, he embarked on a doctoral thesis at in the Fine Art Department, University of Glasgow but left before it was complete to take up a post as Principal Architect Planner, Renfrew County Council. In 1975 he was appointed Chief Architect Planner, Strathclyde Regional Council also meantime studying for the diploma in town planning at Heriot Watt/Edinburgh College of Art from 1975-1977. He was elected MRTPI in 1978. He remained in the post of Chief Architect Planner until 1996. During that period he was involved with many projects, a number of which are listed below. They included the 1990 Mackintosh Street Light Project which is at various different locations including the School of Art.

From 1996 he ran his own small design studio and worked on a range of projects in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and in America. He was also Visiting Professor to Taliesen, Arizona and Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 2010 to 2103 he was Secretary General of the International Society of City and Regional Planners, The Hague, the Netherlands and from 2013 until the present is an Associate of Sir Frank Mears, Associates, ltd, Edinburgh. He was elected FRIAS in 2016.

In 1965 he married Mitzi Susan Macgregor and the couple have two daughters, one of whom trained as an architect. Outwith his profession Macgregor enjoys watercolour painting, travel, cooking and playing classical guitar.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, town planner:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 432, Dundonald Road, Gallowhill, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1960 *  
Item 2 of 4112, East Armoury, Champaigne, Illinois, United States of AmericaPrivate1965 *  
Item 3 of 417, Regent Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  
Item 4 of 4108, Arkleston Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1984 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, town planner (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8James Steel Maitland19531954Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Gillespie Kidd & Coia19541957ApprenticeWith Isi Metzstein
Item 3 of 8Keppie Henderson & Partners19601962ArchitectWith Richard De'Ath
Item 4 of 8Gillespie Kidd & Coia19641967ArchitectWith Jack Coia
Item 5 of 8Charles & William Platt1973 Architect 
Item 6 of 8Renfrew County Council Planning Department19741975Chief ArchitectChief Architect Planner
Item 7 of 8Strathclyde Regional Council Department of Architecture and Related Services19751996Chief ArchitectChief Architect Planner
Item 8 of 8Sir Frank Mears, Associates, Ltd2013 Associate 

Buildings and Designs

This architect, town planner 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 461953Paisley AbbeyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandRestoration as apprentice with James Steel Maitland
Item 2 of 461953Place of PaisleyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandRestoration as apprentice with James Steel Maitland
Item 3 of 461953Small residencePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAs apprentice with James Steel Maitland
Item 4 of 461953Weaver's CottageKilbarchan RenfrewshireScotlandRestoration as apprentice with James Steel Maitland.
Item 5 of 461954Country HouseLochwinnoch RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions - as apprentice with Gillespie Kidd & Coia
Item 6 of 461954University of Glasgow, Anatomy Building  GlasgowScotlandAlterations - as apprentice
Item 7 of 461956Simshill School  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice with Isi Metzstein
Item 8 of 461960Stirling Royal Infirmary, Outpatients and Casualty DepartmentStirling StirlingshireScotlandAs architect working with Richard De'Ath
Item 9 of 46c. 1962University of Glasgow Students Union  GlasgowScotlandWorking with Richard De'Ath on extension?
Item 10 of 461964High-rise residential blockCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 461964University of Hull, halls of residenceHull YorkshireEnglandDetailing of the Centre building
Item 12 of 461967BOAC Building, Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotlandInvolved with designing the office building for BOAC when with Gillespie Kidd & Coia as architect.
Item 13 of 461967MiyanoshitaKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotlandRefurbishment and additions
Item 14 of 461967St Columba RC CathedralPaisley|Renfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 461967St Mirin's Cathedral, Church hall and Bishop's OfficePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandRefurbishment
Item 16 of 46c. 19675 Riverview CrescentCardross DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 17 of 46c. 1967Small residenceInchinnan RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 18 of 461973New York Botanical GardensBronx New YorkUnited States of AmericaMaster plan and restoration of Victorian greenhouses - as architect with Charles and William Platt
Item 19 of 461974Agricultural MuseumHouston RenfrewshireScotlandPlans drawn up - not executed - as Chief Planner and Architect
Item 20 of 461974Erskine New TownErskine RenfrewshireScotlandMaster Plan for Erskine New Town - as Principal Architect Planner, Renfrew County Council
Item 21 of 461974Houston development planHouston RenfrewshireScotlandAs Principal Architect Planner with Renfrew County Council
Item 22 of 461974Kilbarchan development planKilbarchan RenfrewshireScotlandAs Principal Architect Planner with Renfrew County Council
Item 23 of 46After 19751-24 Royal Crescent and 1 North Claremont Street and 36 Kelvingrove Street  GlasgowScotlandStreet lighting project - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 24 of 46After 1975Auchindrain Farm TownshipInveraray (near) ArgyllScotlandManagement plan and restoration - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 25 of 46After 1975Central Scotland Woodlands Project   ScotlandPlan for trees for schools and deprived housing estates and neighbourhoods - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 26 of 46After 1975Clyde Muirshiel Country Park   ScotlandManagement plan - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 27 of 46After 1975Colquhoun SquareHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandStreet lighting project - as Chief Architect Planner
Item 28 of 46After 1975Enhancement scheme for OakshawPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAs Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 29 of 46After 1975Forth & Clyde Canal Local Plan   ScotlandAs Chief Architect Planner
Item 30 of 46After 1975Glasgow Art Gallery and MuseumKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandStreet lighting project - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 31 of 46After 1975Govan Graving Docks  GlasgowScotlandProposed Maritime Museum - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 32 of 46After 1975Great Western Road Bridge over the River Kelvin  GlasgowScotlandLighting project
Item 33 of 46After 1975Kelvin Way  GlasgowScotlandStreet lighting project - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 34 of 46After 1975Management plan for Iona IonaArgyllScotlandManagement plan as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 35 of 46After 1975Strathclyde Regional Structure Plan, Western Conurbation   ScotlandAs Chief Architect Planner
Item 36 of 46After 1975University Avenue  GlasgowScotlandStreet lighting project - as Chief Architect Planner, Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 37 of 461980s(?)Carlton Place  GlasgowScotlandStreet lighting -as Chief Architect and Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 38 of 461990sCarlton Place Suspension Bridge  GlasgowScotlandSuspension Bridge Lighting - as Chief Architect Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 39 of 461990Glasgow School of Art  GlasgowScotlandMackintosh Street Light Project - as Chief Architect and Planner with Strathclyde Regional Council
Item 40 of 462006New Central Business District for proposed new city Saadiyat IslandAbu DhabiUnited Arab EmiratesWorking in conjunction with Halcrow
Item 41 of 462007City Development Plan  RisjwijkHollandCity Development Plan
Item 42 of 46c. 2007Master PlanCuenca  SpainMaster plan
Item 43 of 462010Development planSitges, Garraf National Park BarcelonaSpainDevelopment plan
Item 44 of 46Before 2010Master plan for city  RamadiIraq 
Item 45 of 462013Houses and shops  EdinburghScotlandRehabilitation and restoration
Item 46 of 46After 2013The Children's Wood, North Kelvin Meadow  GlasgowScotlandPlans drawn up


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, town planner:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, town planner:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Alexander MacgregorInformation sent to the Dictionary Sent April 2016


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