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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald James Campbell Clark
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 March 1942
Bio Notes: Archibald James Campbell Clark was born in Troon on 29 March 1942, the son of Dr James Neil Campbell Clark, Rector of Peterhead Academy and classics scholar and his wife Lilias Stuart Fraser Mackenzie, English and History teacher. He started drawing early when at the age of 7 he drew a thick blue line the length of the newly wallpapered staircase in the Palace Hotel in Peterhead, shortly after his father had been appointed rector of Peterhead Academy. Choosing a career took longer and the choice of architecture only followed a suggestion from his science teacher that his perspective sketch of a redesigned Peterhead Academy in his homework notebook might be developed by embarking on a course in a school of architecture. Perspective drawings and watercolours subsequently filled over 30 sketch books though he has never sold any pictures.

He was educated at Peterhead Academy. He gained practical experience in the Burgh Architect's Department in Peterhead before beginning his formal study of architecture. He studied for the degree of BArch at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. He later attended Telford College and obtained a qualification in connection with his interest in the co-ordination of architectural design and building services engineering. He was awarded the Scotec Prize for Best Performance in Higher Certificate in H&V Technology in 1984 and was runner up for the Scotec Gold Medal that year. He also attended a course in Health and Safety at Stevenson College.

He was elected ARIBA in 1969. In the early 1970s he obtained a post with Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall & Partners. He worked on a variety of projects during this period. He was seconded to work with Liam McCormick in Dublin in late 1978. In due course he moved to the practice of Reiach & Hall. From 1995 until his retirement Clark managed the Planning Supervisor/CDM Co-ordinator section in Reiach & Hall after supervising about 300 projects for this and other practices. He was a Licentiate of the CIBSE from 1982-2010, a registered engineering technician from 1985-2010 and a member of the Association of Planning Supervisors from 1995-2011.

A long association with the Scottish Episcopal Church developed through his final year thesis at Edinburgh University on a Prototype Church in 1967 and saw him acting as Church Architect for St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church, Colinton (designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson). He prepared a limited publication book on St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church, Colinton and Other Works containing record drawings collected and prepared for the buildings and outlined planned maintenance procedures and the Health and Safety Policy he had devised for the Church. A copy is held by RCAHMS. He organised Doors Open Day displays in the Church in 2006 and 2010.

In 1979, he commenced writing for the Currie & Balerno News, a local newspaper founded in 1976 and published 10 times a year. His subject matter generally relates to planning and transport issues, from the implications of national planning policies to implementation on the ground, from Strategic to Local Development Plans and observations on current planning applications.

From 1999 to 2009, he served on Currie Community Council as Planning Convenor. During this period and afterwards he was called upon to represent the community in several public local inquiries – which conveniently used up his office annual leave. The majority of these had a successful outcome for the local communities.

He was awarded a Rotary Service Recognition Award in 2005 and the C&B Community Award in 2013 in connection with these local interests.

He was a founder member of the Edinburgh & the Lothians Greenbelt Network, the Local Communities Reference Group and the South West (Edinburgh) Communities Forum, all of which had concerns over the loss of Green Belt and agricultural land for housebuilding, particularly in connection with climate change and the possible repercussions.

Clark married Susan Winifred Beilby in 1969. The couple have two children.


Caley to the Coast or Rothesay by Wemyss Bay, Oakwood Press, 2001. (Illustrated history of the Wemyss Bay line, the stations and the restoration work to the station building.)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3599, Lanark Road, Juniper Green, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1964 *1969 
Item 2 of 35, Marchbank Drive, Balerno, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1969 *1972 
Item 3 of 3Millbank/33, Lanark Road West, Currie, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1972  

* 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 4Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)1964 Junior AssistantWhilte still a student
Item 2 of 4Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)c. 1965c. 1966AssistantBetween parts of his course
Item 3 of 4Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)196730 November 1986Architect 
Item 4 of 4Alan Reiach Eric Hall & Partners1 December 19861 May 2011Architect 

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 11Late 1960sUniversity of Stirling, including library and landscapingStirling StirlingshireScotlandWorked on site development, boiler house and miscellaneous works under John Richards.
Item 2 of 111970sEdinburgh Royal Infirmary  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment - in particular the Outpatients Department, working with Kenneth Graham
Item 3 of 111970sNewbattle AbbeyNewbattle MidlothianScotlandWorked with Tom Spaven on this project.
Item 4 of 111970sNinewells Hospital and Medical School  DundeeScotlandWorked on Pharmacy building under Vernon Lee.
Item 5 of 111975Edinburgh Airport  EdinburghScotlandWorked under John Richards initially in the office and later (1978) as resident architect at the airport.
Item 6 of 11c. 1978Meteorological office   DublinEireWas seconded from RMJM to help McCormick on this job. Worked in the office of the structural engineeer who were based in Eire. McCormick was in Northern Ireland.
Item 7 of 111979Electronics Factory for Burroughs CorporationLivingston West LothianScotlandWorked on this factory with George Ward who was a mechanical engineer who had joined RMJMP from Steensen Varming Mulcahy and Partners.
Item 8 of 111982Abattoir  MisurataLibyaWorked on design under Chris Carter
Item 9 of 111986St Enoch Centre  GlasgowScotlandWorked under Tom Bostock on the Graduate Business School - as designer and CAD operator.
Item 10 of 11198710 George Street  EdinburghScotlandWorked under Ken McDonald - as resident architect.
Item 11 of 111990sWemyss Bay Railway StationWemyss Bay RenfrewshireScotlandResident architect and site safety officer for the restoration of the Wemyss Bay Station building but not involved with the cottages on the site.


Bibliographic References

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


© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mr Clark September 2014 

© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mr Clark September 2014