Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Gray Kirk
Born: 22 January 1907
Died: 11 January 1993
Bio Notes: David Gray Kirk was born on 22 January 1907, the son of Alfred JAmes Kirk, stationer, and his wife, Agnes Love Gray. He was articled to John Jerdan of James Jerdan & Son in 1926, attending morning and evening classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. He was elected ARIAS in 1931 and in that year left Jerdan to spend short periods as junior assistant in several offices including those of Sydney Houghton Miller, Frank Wood and Donald MacDonald MacKie. In 1932 he was appointed assistant to Alfred Hugh Mottram, under whom he worked on nursery schools, halls, Scottish National Housing Schemes and brewery buildings. In 1935 he joined William James Walker Todd of J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd as assistant, gaining experience on insurance offices, county buildings and domestic work; and early in 1937 he entered the employment of the British Aluminium Company at their offices at 9 Rosebery Crescent, Edinburgh. He was admitted LRIBA on 20 July 1943, his proposers being Jerdan, Mottram and John Ross McKay. He was also an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Kirk remained with the British Aluminium Company until his retirement in January 1972, latterly working in the London office and living in Surbiton, Surrey. Shortly after his retirement he returned to Scotland to live at 20 St Andrew Drive, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, and he was still there when he resigned his RIBA membership in December 1982.

He died on 11 January 1993 at the Crichton Royal Hospital, Castle Douglas (sic - perhaps Dumfries). He was survived by his wife Margaret Hird Allison and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 417, Windsor Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1939After 1943 
Item 2 of 4Surbiton, Surrey, EnglandPrivateAfter 1943Early 1972 
Item 3 of 445, Ulster Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1950  
Item 4 of 420, St Andrew Drive, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandPrivateEarly 19721993 

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 8James Jerdan & Son19261931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Sydney Houghton Miller1931Before 1932Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Donald MacDonald MackieAfter 19311932Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Frank WoodAfter 1931Before 1932Junior Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Alfred Hugh Mottram19321935Assistant 
Item 6 of 8J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd19351936Assistant 
Item 7 of 8British Aluminium Company Architects Department1937After 1943AssistantIn Edinburgh office
Item 8 of 8British Aluminium Company Architects DepartmentAfter 1943January 1972 In London office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Jerdan20 July 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay20 July 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram20 July 1943for Licentiateship

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 11949Factory at Bankhead Crossway SouthSighthill Industrial Estate EdinburghScotlandArchitect for additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder3 June 1949  p699
Item 2 of 2RIAS NewsletterJune 1993v4, no5  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5463 (combined box 80)