Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Ramsay Cowieson
Born: 24 February 1916
Died: 12 October 2000
Bio Notes: John Ramsay Cowieson was born on 24 February 1916, the son of David John Cowieson, furniture warehouseman's manager, and his wife Zara Elliott Wollage. He studied at the School of Architecture in Aberdeen and was elected ARIBA in 1948. He gave his address as Cawdor Road, Inverness in 1950. In the mid-1950s he was living in Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire. However by 1956-57 he had a post with Glenrothes New Town Development Corporation and remained there until about 1960.

By 1964 he had a post with Fife County Architect's Department and was living in Cupar. He was still working with the Department in 1979.

At the time of his death on 12 October 2000 at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee he was a retired Associate member of the Dundee chapter of the RIAS. He was survived by his wife Betty Phyllis Violet Le Grys, a retired state registered nurse, his son and daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was still living in Cupar at this time.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Weston/10, Cawdor Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 2 of 433, Danestone Terrace, Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1955  
Item 3 of 4108, Carleton Avenue, Glenrothes, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960  
Item 4 of 4Viewfield, Millbank, Cupar, Fife, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19642000 

* 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 2Glenrothes Development Corporation (or Glenrothes New Town Development Corporation)c. 1960 Architect 
Item 2 of 2Fife County Architect's Department1964After 1979Architect 

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 51961Auchterderran SchoolAuchterderran FifeScotlandAdditions on S side
Item 2 of 51971Agricultural & Technical College, CuparCupar FifeScotlandAs project architect with Fife County Education Architects Department
Item 3 of 51978Elmwood HostelCupar FifeScotlandAs project architect with Fife County Education Architects Department
Item 4 of 51979Swimming poolCupar FifeScotlandAs architect with Fife Regional Architects Department.
Item 5 of 5Late 1970s or 1980sAgricultural & Technical College, CuparCupar FifeScotlandAlterations and additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 6RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 6RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 4 of 6RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterFebruary 2001v12, no1 Death notice

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 2School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James