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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Albert Edwin Geddes
Designation:  
Born: March 1929
Died: 30 November 2015
Bio Notes: Albert Edwin Geddes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on 31 March 1939, the son of Scottish parents, Henry Taylor Geddes and his wife Davina Smith. The family returned to Scotland and Geddes was educated at the Bell Baxter Secondary in Cupar.

Geddes studied for the diploma in architecture from September 1946 at Dundee College of Art and having completed three years there, his ‘year out’ was spent with the Education Section of Fife County Council. He recommenced full-time study in September 1950 and graduated in 1952. He may have spent some time during his student years with the practice Johnston & Seath in Cupar as Harvey Johnston provided a reference for Geddes in 1957.

His first post after graduation was with L A Rolland in Leven. He was elected ARIBA in 1953 and in May of that year began National Service. For this he spent two years in Singapore where he was in charge of the Army Architectural Drawing Office. During this period he was responsible for mechanical and vehicle workshops, housing, barracks, a theatre and also was undertook alteration work.

After completing his National Service he returned to the office of Larry Rolland rising to the position of Chief Assistant. He undertook private and Local Authority housing, a transport depot, a bank, shops and stores and alteration work.

In April 1958 Geddes moved to Nigeria to take up a post with the Federal Ministry of Works and Surveys in Lagos. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Architect. He was responsible for a wide range of work including flats and housing, police barracks and police stations, the headquarters and offices for the Nigeria Police, military barracks and cantonments, The Nigeria Independence Fountain, a police officers' mess, the Supreme Court and a multi-storied office block.

In August 1963 he joined the Walter Gropius Group which was responsible for the design of the New University in Bagdad. The group became Robert S McMillan and Associates, based in Rome. Geddes was chief architect in charge of the new University in Lagos. In June 1965 he returned to Scotland to a post as group leader with Perth & Kinross County Council in charge of schools and housing. Two years later in March 1967 he emigrated to Western Australia to join the practice of Forbes & Fitzhardinge in West Perth. He moved to the Public Works Department of Western Australia where he remained until retirement.

Geddes died on 30 November 2015.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Orwell, Melville Road, Ladybank, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1957 Probably the family home
Item 2 of 4PO Box 1232, Lagos, NigeriaBusiness1965  
Item 3 of 41, Ord Street, West Perth, AustraliaBusiness1967  
Item 4 of 459, Balcombe Way, Balga, Perth, Western Australia, AustraliaPrivate1967After 1988 

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8Lawrence Anderson RollandAfter 1952 Architect 
Item 2 of 8Lawrence Anderson RollandAfter 1955 Chief AssistantReturned after National Service
Item 3 of 8Johnston & SeathBefore 1957 Architect 
Item 4 of 8Lagos Public Works DepartmentApril 1958 ArchitectLater Senior Architect
Item 5 of 8Robert S McMillan & AssociatesAugust 1963 Architect 
Item 6 of 8Perth & Kinross County Council Architects' DepartmentJune 1965March 1967Group Leader 
Item 7 of 8Forbes & FitzhardingeMarch 1967 Architect 
Item 8 of 8Public Works Department of Western AustraliaLate 1960s Architect 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 2 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Michael Geddes, son of Albert Edwin GeddesInformation sent via 'Contact Us' Form on DSA website Sent May 2016

Images

© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mr Michael Geddes, son of Albert Edwin Geddes 

© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mr Michael Geddes, son of Albert Edwin Geddes

© All rights reserved. Independence Fountain of Nigeria, 1960.<br><br>Image courtesy of Mr Michael Geddes, son of Albert Edwin Geddes 

© All rights reserved. Independence Fountain of Nigeria, 1960.

Image courtesy of Mr Michael Geddes, son of Albert Edwin Geddes

© All rights reserved. Site plan of the Central Area of the University of Lagos.<br><br>Image courtesy of Mr Michael Geddes, son of Albert Edwin Geddes 

© All rights reserved. Site plan of the Central Area of the University of Lagos.

Image courtesy of Mr Michael Geddes, son of Albert Edwin Geddes