Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Grenfell Hird (or Hurd)
Born: 4 June 1915
Died: Early 2009
Bio Notes: John Grenfell Hird (or Hurd) was born on 4 June 1915 and began the diploma course at Glasgow School of Art in 1933. In 1935 he worked in the offices of Thomas Harold Hughes, Eric Sutherland and Colonel George Hunter Gardner-McLean. He was an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects in 1939-40 and was elected ARIBA in 1940, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, Eric Sutherland and William James Smith. At that date his address was 102 Bath Street which was the business address at that time of Eric Alexander Sutherland where he was working at that date as an assistant to Sutherland. At the time of his election to the RIBA he was working as an assistant with Colonel George Hunter Gardner-McLean.

Around 1953-54 he was working in Dudley with Messrs Webb & Gray. In 1955 when he was elected ARIAS he was living in Staffordshire. By 1956 he was in partnership with Gerald Stanley in Cardiff. He remained in Wales later (at least by 1965) practising with Graham Brooks as Hird & Brooks. He was elected FRIBA in 1968.

He died in about 2009.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 9102, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1939  
Item 2 of 96, India Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1940  
Item 3 of 941, Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1940 *  
Item 4 of 96, India Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1940 *  
Item 5 of 9Grove Farm, Wallheath, Staffordshire, EnglandPrivate1955 *  
Item 6 of 965, Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, WalesBusinessc. 1956c. 1965 
Item 7 of 96, Park Place, Cardiff, WalesBusiness1970 *  
Item 8 of 930, Stanwell Road, Penarth, South Glamorgan, WalesPrivate1979  
Item 9 of 9Lane Cottage/39A, Highwalk Avenue, Dinas Powis, South Glasmorgan, WalesPrivate1987After 1994 

* 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 3Eric Alexander Sutherland1939 or 1940 * Assistant 
Item 2 of 3(Colonel) George Hunter Gardner-McLeanc. 1940 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Hird & Brooks1970 Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes9 January 1940For Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Professor) William James Smith9 January 1940For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Eric Alexander Sutherland9 January 1940For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered Architect2009Summer p30

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7413 (Combined Paper Box 189 )