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University of Edinburgh: teaching duties, 1959-1988

Identifier: PJM/EUT

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to Percy Johnson-Marshall's teaching duties at the University of Edinburgh consists of:

  1. Chair of Urban Design and Regional Planning - personal letters of congratulation on Percy Johnson-Marshall's appointment, 1964
  2. applications for the Robert Adam Chair of Architecture, 1968
  3. Faculty of Social Science - reports and minutes, and papers relating to a "Seminar on Urban Growth", 1965-1971
  4. Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning - prospectuses, project work material, administrative correspondence, student lists, lecture notes, timetables, staff meeting notes and agenda, reports on study tours, visiting board report, University Handbooks, student theses and dissertations and plans for its closure, 1965-1987
  5. Department of Architecture - reports and minutes, course outlines and research papers, 1961-1965
  6. Department of Architecture, Diploma in Civic Design - prospectuses, correspondence and external examiner comments, 1960-1967
  7. Department of Architecture, Architecture Research Unit - Proceedings of the Ist Seminar on Architectural Research in Commonwealth and United Kingdom Universities, projects, reports and studies and memoranda, 1962-1974
  8. Department of Architecture, Architecture Research Unit - 10 architectural layouts, sections and plans for housing at Flaxman Road, London Borough of Lambeth, 1967and 1 area layout and housing plans for Peacock Street West Redevelopment Area, undated [plan file]
  9. Department of Architecture, Housing Research Unit - report on American visits, reports, correspondence, financial statements, staff meeting minutes, research position salaries, staff lists with salaries, lecture notes, 1960-1965
  10. Department of Architecture, Planning Research Unit - reports, annual reports, correspondence, research papers, notes for the "Western Borders Project", register of projects and reports, 1959-1972
  11. Papers relating to University of Edinburgh Technical Assistance Programme, 1970
  12. Patrick Geddes Centre for Planning Studies - planning and opening of the "The Outlook Tower", the Patrick Geddes Symposium and the summer meeting, lists of friends, committee papers, publications, lectures, exhibitions, 1982-1991
  13. Centre for Human Ecology - miscellaneous papers, 1988-1989
  14. Standing Committee on Planning Education - minutes and notes on meetings, 1958
  15. papers relating to planning education policy, 1982-1983
  16. papers concerning collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art, 1986
  17. papers and theses relating to a link between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Khartoum, and Percy Johnson-Marshall's role as external examiner, 1952-1988
  18. papers concerning an academic link with the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, 1987-1989
  19. collected material concerning planning education in other schools, 1951-1962
  20. University of Edinburgh, miscellaneous papers, 1978-1985


  • Creation: 1959-1988


Language of Materials

This material is inEnglish

Physical Description

7(boxes), 1 plan file

Conditions Governing Access

Material relating to living individuals may be restricted under the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Biographical / Historical

Percy Johnson-Marshall took up his first university teaching position as Senior Lecturer in Planning at the University of Edinburgh's new Department of Architecture, in 1959. He taught Civic Design to architecture undergraduates and a postgraduate diploma course in Civic Design. In 1963 he began a course in Regional Planning and, the following year, became Professor of Urban Design and Regional Planning. Later he headed his own Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning, within Sir Robert Hogg Matthew's School of the Built Environment (1966-1967). Post-doctorial fellowships and postgraduate research were available within the Planning Research Unit (PRU), which Johnson-Marshall set up in 1959. The PRU, was independently funded and undertook research for a variety of governmental organisations including the Scottish Development Department. The Architecture Research Unit (ARU), formerly the Housing Research Unit, was set up by Sir Robert Hogg Matthew in 1959 and undertook research and design projects for various local authorities. There was also the opportunity for postgraduate research under its auspices. Johnson-Marshall deputised for Matthew as director of the ARU while the latter was engaged with duties for the Royal Institute for British Architects and International Union of Architects.

In 1985, the Patrick Geddes Centre for Planning Studies was opened under the directorship of Percy Johnson-Marshall. This was in the Outlook Tower, the symbolic headquarters of Sir Patrick Geddes, which the University of Edinburgh had acquired. He retired from the post in 1991.


From the Fonds: 178 metres


The arrangement of this reflects the formats of the original materials due to the small amount of material and the storage difficulties caused by their differing sizes and requirements.

Related Materials

Related material held in Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division:

  1. material from the Edinburgh University Archives
  2. material from the Patrick Geddes Centre for Planning Studies

Physical Description

7(boxes), 1 plan file

Archivist's Note


Sarah Higgins14 March 2004

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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