Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Isobel Margaret Gordon (Mrs Adams) |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||26 April 1909 |
|Died: ||9 July 2002 |
|Bio Notes: ||Isobel Margaret Gordon was born in Fraserburgh on 26 April 1909, the daughter of Robert Gordon, fishcurer and his wife Isabella Anderson who had been a teacher before she married. Isobel studied full-time at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges from 1927 to 1930 and subsequently served a three-year apprenticeship in the office of George Bennett Mitchell & Son. She graduated in Fine Art at the University of Aberdeen in 1932, having written a thesis on the development of the eighteenth-century neo-Renaissance in Aberdeen, and received her diploma in Architecture in June 1933. She was an Associate of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, and was admitted ARIBA on 3 December 1934, her proposers being R Leslie Rollo, John Gibb Marr and George Bennett Mitchell. In that year she had obtained a teaching diploma, and she occasionally lectured at the Aberdeen School of Art thereafter. In the same year, 1934, she entered the office of A Marshall Mackenzie & Son as an architectural assistant, affectionately referred to as 'Dr Marshall Mackenzie's quine'. Whilst there she carried out work on Glen Tannar House, including the design of bathroom tiles which were later salvaged from the house by her daughters during its partial demolition. |
In June 1936 she was appointed assistant County Architect to the County Council of Sutherland. She left the County Architect's Office in 1939 when she married James W L Adams, later Professor of Education at Dundee University. They had three children: J Gordon L Adams (1940-2003; later Doctor); Marjory I G Adams (born 1944; married name Keay); and Ishbel C M Adams (born 1946; later Doctor; married name Barnes).
Isobel Adams continued to practise thereafter on her own account, working on a number of buildings around Aboyne and, it is believed, carrying out a large amount of work on the estate of the Marquis of Huntly. She was appointed honorary architect and subsequently Chairman of Dundee Old People's Welfare Committee and built various Old People's Clubs. She ceased to be a member of the RIBA in December 1975, at which time she was living at Wentworth, 127 Dundee Road, Broughty Ferry. She died in Broughty Ferry on 9 July 2002.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|48, Fountainhall Road, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private||1939 *|| || |
|Wentworth/127, Dundee Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland||Private||Before 1970 *||After 1975|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Personal information from Isobel Margaret Gordon's daughter Ishbel Barnes (emails 18 June and 21 August 2006).|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no5522 (combined box 85)|