Basic Biographical Details

Name: John McGinn
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 November 1949
Died: October 2005
Bio Notes: John McGinn was born on 7 November 1949 in the village of New Cumnock, Ayrshire and brought up there. At school he was gifted academically and also excelled at sport and music.

From 1968 he took the full-time course in architecture at the University of Strathclyde, being awarded the BSc in Architectural Studies in 1972 and BArch (Hons) in 1974. In that year he joined Cumbernauld Development Corporation where he remained until 1977. He worked on a variety of projects there including public housing and the design for the new Corporation Headquarters. During this period he participated in the a Scottish-German exchange scheme and spent some time in Munich. He then moved to Nigeria to work in the office of Frank Mbanefo & Associates in Enugu where he worked on the master plan for the University campus, School for Health Service Students, Sokoto. He returned to Scotland two years later and joined T M Miller & Partners, Glasgow. At some point around this time he moved to Eugene Garvey & Partners, Menagh, Eire, then back to Glasgow to Wilson Bennett & Jeffrey in 1987, where he worked on various private housing developments as well as on One Devonshire Gardens, returning to the Miller Partnership for two years where he worked as porject architect on the Maybury Roadhouse and on private housing before joining Wylie Shanks in 1990. In 1992 he became architect in charge of the Inverness branch of Wylie Shanks which was run in association with Hamilton & McWiggan. He was in this post at the time of his election to FRIAS in 1991. He was promoted to Associate in charge of the Inverness office in 1995.

From 2000 he was a partner with Donald MacKillop Associates until the partnership ceased on 31 May 2002. Thereafter he worked for some months as contract architect to Donald MacKillop, presumably completing work in hand. He subsequently started business on his own account in partnership with Joyce White as White & McGinn, the practice later becoming John McGinn Associates.

He fell ill in the autumn of 2004 and died in October 2005. He was survived by his wife Martha.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Dalcross, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate 2005 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 12Cumbernauld New Town Development Corporation19741977Assistant 
Item 2 of 12Frank Mbanefo & Associates19771978Assistant 
Item 3 of 12T M Miller & Partners19821984Assistant Architect 
Item 4 of 12Wilson, Bennett & Jeffrey19851988Architect 
Item 5 of 12T M Miller & Partners19881990Architect 
Item 6 of 12Wylie Shanks & Partners1989 Architect 
Item 7 of 12Wylie Shanks19901992Senior Architect 
Item 8 of 12Wylie Shanks19922000Senior ArchitectIn charge of Inverness branch office
Item 9 of 12Wylie Shanks1995 AssociateAssociate in charge of branch office
Item 10 of 12Donald Mackillop Associates20002002Partner 
Item 11 of 12White & McGinn2002 Partner 
Item 12 of 12John McGinn AssociatesAfter 2002 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 181982Grosvenor and Botanic Gardens Hotels, Great Western Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 181985Hotel, One Devonshire Gardens  GlasgowScotlandPhase I of hotel
Item 3 of 181988Maybury Roadhouse  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment - as project architect
Item 4 of 181990Factory for Levi Strauss UK Ltd  DundeeScotlandExtension - senior architect in office
Item 5 of 181990Glasgow Western Infirmary, Linear Accelerator Unit  GlasgowScotlandAs senior architect
Item 6 of 18After 1995Private Finance Initiative Hospital, LarkfieldGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAs Associate
Item 7 of 181996Northern Constabulary Headquarters and Area Command HeadquartersInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Associate in charge of office
Item 8 of 181998Ferry terminal StornowayLewisRoss & CromartyScotlandAs project architect (in charge of Inverness office)
Item 9 of 18Early 1990sNursing Home for the recovery of the mentally illInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs architect in charge of Inverness branch office
Item 10 of 182000Airport terminalKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 11 of 182000Airport terminalStornowayLewisRoss & CromartyScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 12 of 182000Lifeboat stationStornowayLewisRoss & CromartyScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 13 of 182000Office blockDounreay CaithnessScotland 
Item 14 of 182000Police Station  ShetlandScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 15 of 182000Police Station  OrkneyScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 16 of 182000Police StationWick CaithnessScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 17 of 182000Police stationMallaig Inverness-shireScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 18 of 182000Police StationDounreay CaithnessScotlandAs partner in charge


Archive References

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