Basic Biographical Details

Name: Adam Zyw
Designation: Architect, Artist
Born: 1948
Died: 2003
Bio Notes: Ada Zyw was born in 1948, the son of the Polish artist Alexander Zyw. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, followed by the two-year postgraduate course in landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

He joined the Royal Fine Art Commission as an investigator and then set up in private practice in 1981. However he did not undertake many jobs as he had a wide range of other interests and talents which included, cooking, nature, poetry, drawing, painting, gilding furniture-making and sculpture in which he was largely self-taught. He won the competition to design a litter bin in Edinburgh - his winning design was in the form of a thistle - which was installed outside the Scottish Postal Board's Headquarters and which became a city landmark. He also designed the interior of a private chapel in Italy where his parents and brother settled in Tuscany growing olives, restored a seventeenth building in France and a small castle in Scotland. He lectured extensively in Scotland including at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

He died in Banff in 2003, survived by his wife and three sons.


Bibliographic References

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Item 1 of 1  Accessed 27 April 2016

Periodical References

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 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman20 August 2003