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Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon

Stornoway and Greenwich



Born Aberdeen, Scotland, educated there and Edinburgh and finally diseducated at the AA. Both an architect (RIBA, RIAS) and a surveyor (RICS). In practice in Stornoway and Greenwich as Architecture and Partners since 1991, following local authority posts in Greenwich (Housing), Camden (Building), Westminster (Housing) and Haringey's public sector building co-op (PELAW). Managed a not too successful private sector architects and builders co-op. So, one way and another, responsible for large numbers of council houses.
At the other end of the scale worked on palaces for sheiks in Abu Dhabi. I may have been the last grant-aided student at the AA, but had to maintain my family by designing hospitals in Nigeria, based on my previous life as an M & E consultant on hospitals in Scotland.
I am an architectural general practitioner. Working in Stornoway I have done everything from croft house extensions, a boat-building shed in Stornoway harbour, to the terminal building of the only airport i

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  • Comment on: Bogus architect fined £9,800 after using title in hashtags and on website

    Ian Gordon's comment 27 November, 2019 10:56 am

    AJ should check the Companies House register for Co No 8594593 "BDS Construction Ltd. Timothy Collins Foster is listed as of today as "Occupation--Architect"

  • Comment on: Architecture union launches to fight ‘toxic culture’ of overwork

    Ian Gordon's comment 30 October, 2019 10:29 am

    Your article reporting that "Architecture workers have formed the profession’s first-ever trade union" will surprise brother members of STAMP, the white-collar section of UCATT (now part of UNITE the Union). In 1971 UCATT was formed by the merger of four construction industry unions of which STAMP, then known as ABT (Association of Building Technicians) was one.

    The Association was founded as the Architects' and Surveyors' Assistants' Professional Union (ASAPU) in 1919. It became the Association of Architects, Surveyors and Technical Assistants (AASTA) in 1924. In 1942 it became the Association of Building Technicians (ABT). On 1 July 1970 it amalgamated with the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (ASW) and the Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators (ASPD) to form the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers and Painters (ASWP). On 1 July 1971 the society amalgamated with the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers (AUBTW) to form the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, Painters and Builders (ASWPB). In December 1971 the Society changed its name to the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT).

    The Association of Architects, Surveyors and Technical Assistants (AASTA) was one of the founding constituent bodies of the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK) the predecessor of the current Architects Registration Board (ARB).

    I wrote about all this in my diploma thesis at the AA. It had to pass the scrutiny of Malcolm McEwan, who, before he became editor of the RIBA Journal, was assistant editor of none other than the Architects Journal. Ella Jessel should check your archives!

    Though architects may, us old bolshies never forget!

    Ian Gordon

  • Comment on: Wasteful architect competitions come under fire

    Ian Gordon's comment 26 February, 2018 11:21 am

    Malcolm Reading says ‘The evidence is that architects do enter our competitions and they are actually satisfied, and they don’t say to me it’s a waste of time and money.
    This glosses over the reality; most architects effectively vote with their feet by not entering. We, like most most good firms, are swamped with work and must ensure that we do not over-expose ourselves.There are, of course, some prominent firms who only gain work through such contests, but in my belief this leads to having little empathy with the client or user, to the detriment of the built environment.

  • Comment on: Survey results: Homophobia remains rife in construction industry

    Ian Gordon's comment 24 August, 2015 10:44 am

    All that your survey means is that Architects are tone-deaf

  • Comment on: Malcolm Fraser: 'This is a fertile moment to press for a new future'

    Ian Gordon's comment 24 September, 2014 7:13 am

    A good start would be to examine the relationship of ARB to Scotland.

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