Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Robert Thomson Morris |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||16 July 1921 |
|Died: ||June 1984 |
|Bio Notes: ||Robert Thomson Morris (known as 'RTM' or 'Bob') was born on 16 July 1921, the son of Arthur Morris, railway goods clerk of Leslie, Fife and his wife Janet Stewart Hynd. He was educated at Kirkcaldy High School and studied architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. He was elected ARIBA in 1950. His career in architecture began as an architect with the Glenrothes Development Corporation at their offices in Woodside. Drawings of 3-apartment house Type 3AT/1 with his initials survive in Fife Archives. |
He married Jane Imray Gray of Kirkcaldy, Fife on 24 June 1947. They had three children - June Mary who became a town planner, Stewart Arthur and Keith Imray.
From 1960 Morris worked for Fife County Council at their headquarters in Cupar. Several of his works won Civic Trust Awards or Saltire Awards. After local government re-organisation he stayed in Cupar to become part of the new North East Fife District Council where he rose to become District Architect. He retired in the late 1970s and set up as a private architect around 1979.
Outwith his work he was interested in motor cars especially grand prix racing, as well as aircraft, jazz, painting and drawing. He was the main founding member of Glenrothes Art Club, which was established in Alburne Park in 1955. He was later an enthusiastic member of Cupar Art Club.
He died in June 1984.
His obituarist remarks that he was a 'likeable, quiet and modest man who made a significant contribution to the architecture of housing in his area'.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|14, Mayfield Crescent, Leslie, Fife, Scotland||Private||1950 *|| || |
|32, Alburne Park, Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland||Private||1955||After 1960|| |
|Ferryfield, Cupar, Fife, Scotland||Business||Before 1965||After 1979|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1955||Kalendar 1954-1955|| || || |
|RIBA||1960||The RIBA Kalendar 1959-1960||1959-1960|| || |
|RIBA||1965||The RIBA Kalendar|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Building||7 February 1969|| || ||p6/95|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of June Gray, Morris's daughter||Information sent through DSA website, contact's page|| ||Sent October 2009|