Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gordon David Diack
Born: 8 February 1914
Died: 16 June 1981
Bio Notes: Gordon David Diack was born on 8 February 1914, the son of William Diack, grocer's shop assistant, and his wife, Lily David; his relationship to Aberdeen architect-engineer Alexander Ellis Diack, if any, is not known. He studied at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges from September 1931, interspersing three years' full-time study with three years' part-time classes whilst an apprentice in the office of Rollo & Hall. He obtained his diploma on 19 June 1937 and was appointed junior assistant to Rollo & Hall in the same month. He was admitted ARIBA on 9 May 1938, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, John Gibb Marr and James Brown Nicol.

Diack remained in Aberdeen thereafter and subsequently became a partner with Jenkins & Marr. He left the practice in 1971, and died on 16 June 1981, survived by his wife Helen Cruickshank Hendry and a stepson who lived in Inverbervie.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2358, King Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1938 *  
Item 2 of 241, Salisbury Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *1981 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Jenkins & Marr 1971Partner 
Item 2 of 3Rollo & HallAfter 1932Before 1937ApprenticeFor three years
Item 3 of 3Rollo & HallJune 1937 Junior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gibb Marr9 May 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown Nicol9 May 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo9 May 1938for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 20 Aberdeen University Students' Union  AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 20 FactoryOgilvie AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 20 Housing for Local AuthorityBanchory Aberdeenshire/KincardineshireScotland 
Item 4 of 20 Old People's Home  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 20 SlaughterhouseBanchory Kincardineshire/AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 6 of 20 Thomson newspaper works and offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 201960Wick redevelopment, including housingWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 8 of 20After 1960House for SpenceKintore AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 9 of 20After 1960House for WilsonBanchory Kincardineshire/AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 10 of 201965Culter Paper MillsCulter AberdeenshireScotlandFinishing mill (cost 75,000); reelstore; machine house.
Item 11 of 201965Donside Paper Mills  AberdeenshireScotlandFinishing and coating works (cost 400,000); Coating preparation works (cost 130,000).

Item 12 of 201965Royal Bank Offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 13 of 201965St Andrew's SchoolInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAddition
Item 14 of 201965Thomas Smith & Sons' Paper MillInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandPaper store, finishing house and machine house (cost 120,000).
Item 15 of 201965Village HallLumsden AberdeenshireScotlandUnclear if involved!
Item 16 of 201966Aberdeen Savings Bank, Head Office  AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 201966British Linen Bank  AberdeenScotland 
Item 18 of 201966Offices and warehouse for William WilsonInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 19 of 201966Three slaughterhouses  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 201978Antonine Sports CentreDuntocher DunbartonshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp92
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6773 (combined box 159)
Item 3 of 3School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James