Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert ('Bob') Fitzgerald
Designation: Architect
Born: 1948
Died: 10 November 2009
Bio Notes: Robert Fitzgerald (generally known as Bob) was born in Edinburgh in 1948 and educated at Perth Academy and at Robert Gordonís College, Aberdeen. After graduating in 1972 he obtained a further diploma in Urban Design, which led to work with Cumbernauld Development Corporation and in Edinburgh City Councilís Planning Department, where he spend most of the 1970s. Towards the end of the decade he spent brief spells with Robert Hurd & Partners, Gordon Dey and the London practice of John Dangerfield, before moving to Aberdeen in 1979 to join Lister Drew & Partners.

He went into independent practice in Aberdeen in 1984 as Fitzgerald & Associates. The firm was best known for bars and nightclubs, winning a number of awards for work in this field, but also carried out hotel, housing, industrial and office projects. His wife, Kate, worked alongside him, managing the practice.

Fitzgerald was a passionate supporter of Perthís St Johnstone Football Club, and was also a keen golfer. Easygoing and affable, he abhorred pomposity and red tape.

The Fitzgeralds suffered a painful blow when their son, who was studying graphic design, was killed in an Aberdeen tenement fire in 2008. Bob Fitzgerald died on 10 November the following year, after a short battle with cancer. His wife Kate and daughters Emily and Chloe survived him.

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 7Cumbernauld New Town Development CorporationAfter 1972Early 1970s  
Item 2 of 7City of Edinburgh Town Planning DepartmentEarly 1972Late 1970s  
Item 3 of 7Lister Drew & Associates19791984 in Aberdeen office
Item 4 of 7John DangerfieldLate 1970s1979  
Item 5 of 7Gordon & DeyLate 1970sBefore 1979  
Item 6 of 7Robert Hurd & Partners (or R A Hurd & Partners)Late 1970sBefore 1979  
Item 7 of 7Fitzgerald & Associates1984 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 14After 1984Babylon nightclub  AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 14After 1984Cafť Bardot  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 14After 1984Copthorne Hotel  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 14After 1984Cotton Club  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 14After 1984Dizzys bar and restaurant  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 14After 1984Marcliffe Hotel  AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 14After 1984Soul nightclub, Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 14After 1984Springsteen's nightclub  AberdeenScotland 
Item 9 of 14After 1984The Nile nightclub  AberdeenScotland 
Item 10 of 14After 1984Wings nightclub  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 141993Fetteresso HouseStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandRestoration
Item 12 of 14Before 2007West Free Church  AberdeenScotlandConversion to bar and casino
Item 13 of 142009Ladyhill House and LodgeBieldside AberdeenScotlandColonnaded central bow and addition at north
Item 14 of 14Late 2000sBauhaus Hotel  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp276

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2010SpringRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)pp 110-11: obituary