From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

David Pirie

David Irvine Pirie, DA (Dundee), RIBA, FRIAS, QDR, MBAE, FCI.Arb, was born on 10 June 1941.  After studying at George Watsons Boys College, Edinburgh and the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee he graduated in 1964 with a Diploma in Architecture.

 He subsequently became a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, a Member of the British Academy of Experts, a Registered Mediator with British Academy of Experts and a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

 He joined the Hurd Rolland Partnership, Architects, in 1964 and became a Partner of the firm in 1971.  He gained extensive experience in Housing for Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Private Developers.  He was involved in Hospital and Industrial work and also Leisure and Conservation projects.

 In 1981, he was commissioned by City of Edinburgh District Council to investigate the failure of ground floor construction in blocks of flats in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and thereafter developed an increasing workload as an Analyst and Expert Witness.  This involved the analysis of Building Defects and Contractual Disputes, the preparation of Independent Reports, Consulting Clients and their Solicitors, preparing for Litigation and appearing as an Expert Witness.  He became the Lead Consultant in the Hurd Rolland Partnership Construction Technology Section, which offered a full service in connection with Construction Litigation

 He presented lectures at Dundee University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and regularly addressed the Dundee Institute of Architects, the Aberdeen Society of Architects, the Stirling Society of Architects and the Highland Chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

 He studied Contract Law and Arbitration Law and Administration at Heriot Watt University and Arbitration Award Writing at Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen.  Later practicing as an Arbiter and Adjudicator. 

 In 1999 he was elected as Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.