Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Malcolm McIntosh (Mackintosh)
Born: 6 December 1922
Died: 23 October 2000
Bio Notes: John Malcolm McIntosh was born on 6 December 1922 in Darjeeling, India, the son of George McIntosh, tea planter, and his wife Katherine Bennet Mitchell, nurse. He was educated at Bedford School in England and remained there until the outbreak of war when he left to volunteer for the services. He joined the Indian Army, was subsequently commissioned in the 45th Cavalry and posted to India. He fought throughout the war in the Burma Campaign but returned to Britain for demobilisation.

He enrolled at University College London to study architecture and graduated BA(Arch) in 1951 with a diploma in town planning the following year (?). He was admitted ARIBA in 1952.

In 1951 McIntosh took a position as assistant architect with the architects' department of Middlesex County Council but in 1953 moved to a similar position at the practice of Richards & Trollope, Sackville Street, London. The following year he joined David M R Aberdeen & Partners as senior assistant. Aberdeen had been one of McIntosh's first tutors and had recently won the competition for the Trade Union Congress building, Congress House, in London. It was working on this that McIntosh 'received his first live architectural experience'.

During this period in London McIntosh met and married Audrey Norah Beale who was a secondary school teacher. Their first three daughters were born there. In 1958 the family moved to Scotland where McIntosh took a post as senior assistant with Alison & Hutchison, rising to become associate partner in 1960 and principal in partnerhsip in 1961. He was elected ARIAS in 1958. He remained there until December 1963. In 1964 he founded the practice Scott & McIntosh with Walter Scott at 23 Windsor Street where he remained until his retirement in 1987.

He was elected FRIBA in 1968. He was FRIAS.

The practice was responsible for a number of significant buildings including the Elgin Crown Office building won in a competition in 1967, sponsored by the Ministry of Works, extensions to the Royal Observatory, work for the University of Edinburgh and for various housing associations both public and private. To all of these he gave 'the same meticulous attention to detial which became his hallmark'.

Outwith his professional life, McIntosh was interested in music and was a regular attender at Scottish Opera. He loved hill-walking, both in Scotland and abroad. On he retirement he and his wife moved to West Linton where they took up a new hobby of bookbinding, applying the same attention to detial and immaculate draughtsmanship that he had to his architectural work.

He died after a long illness during which he 'never lost his unfailing courtesy, integrity and compassion' at Hay Lodge Hospital, Peebles on 23 October 2000. He was survived by his wife Audrey and three daughters. His youngest daughter predeceased him.

[He is sometimes erroneously spelt 'Mackintosh'.]

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 419, Fernielaw Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 4The Stables , Bogsbank Road, Peebles, Peeblesshire, ScotlandPrivate 2000 
Item 3 of 416, Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1959 *  
Item 4 of 423, Windsor Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1970s1980s 

* 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 7Middlesex County Council Architect's Department1951 Assistant 
Item 2 of 7Richards & Trollope1953 Assistant 
Item 3 of 7David M R Aberdeen & Partners1954 Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Walter Alison & Hutchison1958 Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Alison & Hutchison & Partners1960 Associate 
Item 6 of 7Alison & Hutchison & Partners1961 Partner 
Item 7 of 7Scott & McIntosh19611980sPartner 

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 40After 1964City Hospital, geriatric unit  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 40After 1964Hawick Health CentreHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 3 of 40After 1964Western General Hospital, coronary care unit  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 401965City Hospital, plastic surgery and oral surgery centre  EdinburghScotlandSketch plans drawn
Item 5 of 401966Clermiston HouseCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 401966Newhailes Coachworks for Hall BrothersMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 7 of 401966Western General Hospital, gastro-intestinal unit  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 401966Western General Hospital, Maternity Unit  EdinburghScotlandExtension and alterations
Item 9 of 401966Western General Hospital, Metabolic Unit  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 10 of 401966Western General Hospital, nurses' dining room  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 401967Crown OfficeElgin MorayshireScotlandWon first prize in competition.
Item 12 of 401967Leith Public Health HospitalLeith EdinburghScotlandWard upgrading and teaching annexes
Item 13 of 401967Public house  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 401967Royal ObservatoryBlackford Hill EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 15 of 401968Bangour General Hospital, Burns UnitBangour West LothianScotlandAlterations and extensions
Item 16 of 401968Eighteen (18) old person's housesLiberton EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 401968HM Dockyard, amenity centre for civilian workersRosyth FifeScotland 
Item 18 of 401968Netherknowe students residences for Galashiels College of TextilesGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 401969100 houses, Snab BraeBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 20 of 40196927 housesBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 21 of 40196963 flats, Felton GreenMusselburgh East LothianScotland 
Item 22 of 401969Bangour Village AsylumUphall West LothianScotlandImprovements including kitchen and ward upgrade
Item 23 of 401969Gogarburn House  MidlothianScotlandWard imrpovement and occupational therapy unit
Item 24 of 401969Houses and flatsMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 25 of 401969Houses and flatsBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 26 of 401969Old people's home and housingLiberton EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 401969Old People's Home and housingClermiston EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 401969Twenty-five (25) flats and three shops, Caird's RowMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 29 of 40After 1969Bangour Hospital, occupational therapy unit  West LothianScotland 
Item 30 of 40After 1970Western General Hospital, renal medicine unit  EdinburghScotland 
Item 31 of 401972Bangour Village Hospital, dormitory block (Villa 7)Bangour West LothianScotlandAdditions to villas
Item 32 of 401972Bangour Village Hospital, villa 32  West LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 33 of 401972Royal ObservatoryBlackford Hill EdinburghScotlandRestoration and additions.
Item 34 of 401973Carstairs State InstitutionCarstairs LanarkshireScotlandNew gatehouse
Item 35 of 40197623 houses for East Lothian District CouncilMusselburgh East LothianScotland 
Item 36 of 401976Sheltered housing for the Bield Housing Association  EdinburghScotland 
Item 37 of 401976Sheltered housing for the Bield Housing AssociationFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 38 of 401976Sheltered housing for the Bield Housing AssociationLeven FifeScotland 
Item 39 of 401977Western General Hospital, Animal Research Centre  EdinburghScotland 
Item 40 of 401979Perth Royal Infirmary, Tay and Earn Wards and Simpson Day ClinicPerth PerthshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p104

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS Chartered ArchitectDecember 200011.9 Obituary by Walter Scott
Item 2 of 2RIAS NewsletterFebruary 2001v12, no1 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership