Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas Carr Bailey
Born: 19 December 1915
Died: 28 January 1977
Bio Notes: Douglas Carr Bailey was born on 19 December 1915, the son of Edward Battersby Bailey, geologist, and his wife Alice Bailey Mason. He studied for the degree of BA at the University of Cambridge from 1934 to 1937, spending the summer of 1935 working for Adams, Thompson & Fry in Chelmsford and that of 1936 travelling in France. On completion of his degree course, he travelled to Scandinavia and Russia before taking on a post as architectural assistant to O Howard Leicester & Partners in London. Between then and 1939 he moved first to the office of W G Phillips and then to that of Howard & Souster. In 1939 he embarked on a further course of study at the Architectural Association, but this was interrupted by the outbreak of war only a month later.

He took the final exam in London in December 1940 and submitted his thesis in January 1942. He was admitted ARIBA on 14 May the latter year, his proposers being James Macgregor, Theodore Fyfe and another (G Miller/Milton?). His nomination papers give his private address as c/o National Provincial Bank, Warwick Gardens Branch, Kensington High Street.

Bailey was later awarded the OBE and the Bronze Star (USA) (date of these not yet known but certainly before 1955). He was also qualified in town planning. He was Berthold Lubetkin's deputy at Peterlee and was aware of the ambitions of Tecton, Lubetkin's practice. After Lubetkin resigned from the Peterlee project, he returned to Finsbury and in partnership with Francis Skinner and Douglas Bailey (as Skinner Bailey & Lubetkin) he designed Bevin Court in the early 1950s.

From at least 1965 if not earlier, Bailey was practicing in Glasgow and the practice became Bailey & Robb after Thomas Reyner Robb joined Bailey in partnership. Subsequently Valentin Sagasti joined the practice which by 1975 was Bailey Robb & Sagasti.

Bailey married twice, his second wife being Catriona Orr Leishman (the name of his first wife was not recorded on the death register).

He was found dead on 28 January 1977 at his home at 30 Corunna Street, Glasgow.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4c/o National Provincial Bank, Warwick Gardens branch, Kensington High Street, London, EnglandPrivate1942 * address given on RIBA nomination papers
Item 2 of 4188, Piccadilly, Londdon, EnglandBusiness1955 *  
Item 3 of 474, Queensway, London, EnglandBusiness(?)c. 1960After 1965 
Item 4 of 432-33, St Vincent Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1965 *After 1970 

* 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 7Adams Thomson & FryMid 1935Mid 1935 summer work in Chelmsford office, while a student
Item 2 of 7O Howard Leicester & Partners1937Before 1939Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Howard & SousterAfter 19371939Assistant 
Item 4 of 7W G Phillips and PartnersAfter 1937Before 1939Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Skinner, Bailey & LubetkinEarly 1950s Partner 
Item 6 of 7Bailey & RobbMid 1960sEarly 1970sPartner 
Item 7 of 7Bailey Robb & Sagasti1975 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2David Theodore Fyfe14 May 1942for Associateship
Item 2 of 2James Macgregor14 May 1942for Associateship

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 11966Scottish Ambulance Service and St Andrew's House  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8039 (combined box 202)