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Edinburgh : an Illustrated Architectural Guide, Lothian Built Environment Publication

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Edinburgh: an Illustrated Architectural Guide

Charles McKean Architecture Book
Charles McKean

Charles McKean Architecture Book


1992, The Rutland Press, 236 pp, paperback

“An architectural guide to the city of Edinburgh – the 16th/17th-century capital of Scotland with celebrated Georgian New Town, confident Victorian banks, tenements and mansions, outlying castles, villages and laird’s houses”.

Edinburgh : an Illustrated Architectural Guide

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Charles McKean

Charles McKean FRSE FRSA FRHistS FRIBA (1946 – 2013) was Professor of Scottish Architectural History at the University of Dundee.

Charles McKean was formerly Secretary and Treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Educated at Fettes College, the University of Poitiers (Tours), and the University of Bristol, from 1977 to 1983 he was the architecture critic of the Times. McKean has published a number of articles reconstructing the career of the 16th century courtier and master of work James Hamilton of Finnart. Charles McKean was chairman of the board of Edinburgh World Heritage Trust from 2006 to 2012. He played a critical role in establishing History at Dundee as a leading UK centre in the discipline.

McKean was a leading authority on architecture and history, with a distinguished career that also included being architecture correspondent for The Times newspaper and Chair of UNESCO Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. He was appointed Head of the School of Architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1995, before taking up his position as Professor of Scottish Architectural History in the History department in 1997.

Scottish Buildings

Contemporary Scottish Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:

Candleriggs Square Apartments, Merchant City, central Glasgow
Candleriggs Square Apartments Merchant City, Glasgow
image courtesy of architects practice
Candleriggs Square Apartments Merchant City

Burrell Museum – Art Fund Museum Of The Year 2023, south Glasgow
Burrell Museum Glasgow building interior
photo © Janie Airey Art Fund 2023
Burrell Museum

Italian Centre, Merchant City, central Glasgow shops

John Wheatley College, Glasgow

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