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Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Ian Gordon Cook |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||5 June 1928 |
|Died: ||4 December 2010 |
|Bio Notes: ||Ian Cook was born on 5 June 1928 in South Wales, the son of a mining engineer. His grandfather was Provost Brown of Kilsyth. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, concurrently serving an apprenticeship with Honeyman, Jack & Robertson in Glasgow, where he learnt skills in draughtsmanship and watercolour that would serve him throughout his career. |
After graduating with a diploma from ECA in 1954, he undertook two years' national service in the Royal Engineers at Colchester. He then worked as an architect for the National Coal Board before joining Basil Spence & Partners in Edinburgh in May 1960. In 1963 he took an appointment with George L Walls & Partners, and in 1968 moved to the office of the Burke Martin Partnership. He was later a director of that firm when it had become Hugh Martin & Partners, and was one of the architects of Edinburgh's St James Centre.
A proponent of Scandinavian modernism, Cook was also passionately interested in architectural heritage and conservation. His private interests included a love of reading, writing and the natural landscape, as well as playing and watching rugby.
He died on 4 December 2010, survived by his wife Olive, four children and eight grandchildren.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Edinburgh, Scotland|| || || || |
|Wales||Private||1928|| ||Place of birth.|
|8, Broadgait Green, Gullane, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1970 *|| || |
|2, Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||Before 1994||2010|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Glendinning, Miles||1997||Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75 || ||Tuckwell Press Ltd||p97 Thurso High School|
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1984||RIBA Directory of members|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIAS Quarterly||2011||Spring||Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)||p.96: obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010||Information to Yvonne Hillyard || || |
|Sent to DSA by email||Information from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton|| ||Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010)|
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