Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John ('Jack') Airey MacMinn |
|Designation: ||Architect, Surveyor |
|Born: ||19 October 1913 |
|Died: ||25 July 2002 |
|Bio Notes: ||John ('Jack') MacMinn was born on 19 October 1913, the son of James MacMinn, tailor and his wife Helen Airey. From June 1929 he attended morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art and evening classes at Heriot-Watt College while serving a four-year apprenticeship and a year as assistant to Lyle & Constable. He left Scotland in July 1934 to take up an appointment as assistant to H Irving Graham of Paternoster Row, Carlisle, but returned in December the following year to work for M Purdon Smith & Partners in Dumfries. |
From April 1937 onwards he worked for H M Office of Works, initially in the Manchester office. He moved to the Liverpool office in March 1940, and passed the Civil Service Commissioners' Open Exam in June 1940, qualifying him as surveyor as well as architect. In 1945 he was appointed District Surveyor in the Ministry of Works' Birmingham office. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 11 February 1947, his proposers being his former ECA tutor James Macgregor as well as Sydney E Castle and John Gray.
He was living at 14 Abbotsford Park, Morningside, Edinburgh by 1950. He later worked for the Property Services Agency.
MacMinn died at home at Tormoulin, Balmaclellan on 25 July 2002. He was survived by his wife Kathleen MacDonald Newton and at least one son who lived in County Waterford, Ireland.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, surveyor:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Linsdale/182, Bristol Road, Birmingham, England||Private||1947 *|| || |
|HMOW/Viceroy Close, Bristol Road, Birmingham, England||Business||1947 *|| ||HMOW Birmingham office|
|14, Abbotsford Park, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||c. 1950 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals proposed this architect, surveyor for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|James Macgregor||11 February 1947||for Licentiateship|
Buildings and Designs
|This architect, surveyor was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
| ||Newhouse Industrial Estate buildings||Motherwell|| ||Lanarkshire||Scotland||Extensions and refurbishment.|
|The following books contain references to this architect, surveyor:|
|House, Jack|| ||Robert Paterson Builder, 1827-1977|| ||Robert Paterson Construction Ltd, Airdrie||p72-3|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect, surveyor:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no6028 (combined box 114)|