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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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh, Scotland    
Item 2 of 4WalesPrivate1928 Place of birth.
Item 3 of 48, Broadgait Green, Gullane, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  
Item 4 of 42, Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19942010 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Honeyman, Jack & RobertsonAfter 1946Before 1954Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)After 1954Before May 1960Architect 
Item 3 of 6Basil Spence & PartnersMay 19601963Architect(?) 
Item 4 of 6George L Walls & Partners19631968Architect(?) 
Item 5 of 6Burke Martin Partnership (or Ian Burke, Hugh Martin & Partners)19681969  
Item 6 of 6Hugh Martin & Partners1969After 1999DirectorUncertain whether he was a director from 1969 or at a later date

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 11c. 1960Thurso High SchoolThurso CaithnessScotlandWorking for Basil Spence & Partners
Item 2 of 111967Commercial development, Brandon StreetMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 111968St James Centre and Government Offices  EdinburghScotlandWorking for Burke Martin Partnership and latterly Hugh Martin & Partners
Item 4 of 11After 1969HouseLoch of Craiglush PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 11After 1969Princes QuayHull YorkshireEngland 
Item 6 of 111972Forestry Commission officeCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 111975Civil Aviation HouseCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 111981Eastgate Shopping CentreInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 9 of 111982Britoil Building, St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 111984Two 2-storey blocks, Murraygate  DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 111985National Bank of Scotland, Aberdeen Union Street Branch  AberdeenScotlandExtension to Market Street

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp97 Thurso High School
Item 2 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2011SpringRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.96: obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   
Item 2 of 2Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010)

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