Sir Basil Urwin Spence (1907-76) was one of Britain's most influential post-war architects. He was a former pupil at George Watson's in Edinburgh and first studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art.

Edinburgh work by Spence and his partners includes the Canongate flats housing development on the Royal Mile, office buildings for Scottish Widows (St Andrew Square and Dalkeith Road) and the multi-denominational crematorium at Mortonhall.
Canongate development Mortonhall - Main chapel Scottish Widows: St Andrew Square Scottish Widows: Dalkeith Road




The University of Edinburgh appointed Basil Spence as its planning consultant in the mid 1950s. The A-listed main library in George Square is described as ‘mannered modernism at its best’ in the Edinburgh volume of The Buildings of Scotland.
Edinburgh University: Main Library Edinburgh University main library Edinburgh University main library Edinburgh University library




Spence's partners at his Edinburgh office included Peter Scott Ferguson, Andrew Renton, John Hardie Glover and Bruce Robertson. Basil Spence & Partners was formed in 1946 (dissolved 1961) and in 1964 the Edinburgh office became Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson.
Dictionary of Scottish Architects www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=203372

The Sir Basil Spence Archive was presented to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in 2003. www.basilspence.org.uk

Many of Spences's post-war buildings are listed and featured in Edinburgh's Post War Listed Buildings published by Historic Scotland and Edinburgh City Council
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/edinburghpostwar.pdf

See my Basil Spence album and the Basil Spence Ipernity group.