Basic Biographical Details

Name: John ('Jack') Reid Oberlander
Born: 5 July 1927
Bio Notes: John Reid Oberlander, known as 'Jack', was born on 25 July 1927. He was elected a student member of the RIBA in 1953 and studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art graduating from the diploma course in 1954. He was admitted ARIBA in 1957 and ARIAS in that same year. His first post was in the Architects’ Department of the South-East Regional Hospital Board. He then joined the practice of Alan Reiach in 1958 and in 1967 became a partner in the combined practice Alan Reiach, Eric Hall & Partners. He left the partnership in 1983 to set up his own practice, Oberlander Associates. He was elected FRIBA in 1985.

He retired in 1992.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Inverleith Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 7Drum Darroch, Forres, Morayshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1954  
Item 3 of 715, Inverleith Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1957  
Item 4 of 735, Inverleith Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate19591965 
Item 5 of 7420, Ferry Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate19651987 
Item 6 of 7420, Ferry Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19831985 
Item 7 of 743, South West Thistle Lane, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1985 *1992 

* 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 7Reiach Hall Blyth (Iran)  PartnerMultidiscinlinary practice - mainly undertaking work in Iran
Item 2 of 7South East Regional Hospital Board, Architect's Department (or South Eastern Hospital Board)19541958Architect 
Item 3 of 7Alan Reiach19581963Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Alan Reiach & Partners19631966Associate 
Item 5 of 7Alan Reiach Eric Hall & Partners19661967Associate 
Item 6 of 7Alan Reiach Eric Hall & Partners19671983Partner 
Item 7 of 7Oberlander Associates19831992Partner 

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 271958University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Field StationRoslin Edinburgh  
Item 2 of 271963University of Edinburgh Appleton Tower (First Year Science Building)  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 271965University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Experimental Petrology  EdinburghScotlandJob architect
Item 4 of 271966Challenger LodgeTrinity EdinburghScotlandAdditions - as job architect
Item 5 of 271968Heriot-Watt University, Maths, Physics and Chemistry departmentsRiccarton MidlothianScotlandJob architect with Alan Reiach, Eric Hall & Partners
Item 6 of 271968Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton CampusRiccarton Midlothian  
Item 7 of 271969Bush House, Tropical Veterinary Medicine CentreRoslin MidlothianScotlandPartner in charge
Item 8 of 271969University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons  EdinburghScotlandAdditions - partner in charge
Item 9 of 271970sForres AcademyForres MorayshireScotlandSwimming pool
Item 10 of 271970Festival Centre, Castle Terrace site  Edinburgh, MidlothianScotlandThird scheme for Festival Centre
Item 11 of 271970Veterinary College  EdinburghScotlandWork planned.
Item 12 of 271972Heriot-Watt University, Petroleum Engineering DepartmentRiccarton EdinburghScotlandPartner in charge - Phase I
Item 13 of 271973Heriot-Watt University, Department of Civil EngineeringRiccarton MidlothianScotland 
Item 14 of 271973Heriot-Watt University, Mechanical Engineering DepartmentRiccarton MidlothianScotlandPartner in charge with Alan Reiach Eric Hall & Partners
Item 15 of 27Before 1975Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, students' hostelsRiccarton MidliothianScotland 
Item 16 of 27Before 1975University of St Andrews, students' hostelSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 271978Challenger LodgeTrinity EdinburghScotlandAddition of SW wing for St Columba's Hospice
Item 18 of 271979Syntex Research CentreRiccarton MidlothianScotlandPhase I
Item 19 of 271983Challenger LodgeTrinity EdinburghScotlandAdditions - partner in charge
Item 20 of 271986Heriot-Watt University, Brewing and Biological Sciences DepartmentRiccarton MidlothianScotlandAs senior partner
Item 21 of 271986St Andrew's Hospice and ConventAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs senior partner
Item 22 of 271986Syntex Research CentreRiccarton MidlothianScotlandPhase 2 - additions - as senior partner
Item 23 of 27After 1986Syntex Research CentreRiccarton MidlothianScotlandPhases 3-6
Item 24 of 271988Heriot-Watt University, Electrical and Electronics DepartmentRiccarton MidlothianScotlandAs senior partner
Item 25 of 271988The Bush, Soils LaboratoryRoslin MidlothianScotlandAs s4enior partner
Item 26 of 271990Daniel Stewarts Melville College, Technology Laboratory  EdinburghScotlandPartner in charge - additions
Item 27 of 271990Mary Erskine School, Technology Laboratory  EdinburghScotlandAdditions - partner in charge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 6Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp135
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp165-7 Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh
Item 3 of 6RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 6RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership