Douglas J Reid


We were all shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Practice Partner Doug Reid on Wednesday, 18 August 2021. Doug has been an integral part of James F Stephen Architects for almost 40 years and his expertise, character and sense of humour will be greatly missed by all who worked with him and came to know him over the years.

Having joined JFSA after graduating from Dundee University/Duncan of Jordanstone in 1982, Doug completed his “Part 3” Professional Practice qualifications with our practice and registered as an Architect in 1983 and then spent his entire professional career with JFSA.

Doug’s professionalism, exceptional work ethic, passion for architecture and commitment to the practice led to him being invited to become an Associate in the practice in 1987 and then to join Fred and Rosemary in the partnership in 1989.

In addition to his love for architecture, Doug had a particular interest in Historic Buildings and Conservation and became accredited in Conservation Architecture at “Advanced” level (the highest level of accreditation awarded) and later an assessor for other applicants for conservation accreditation. He was also, for a time, a Director of Tayside Building Preservation Trust and a Director of the Architectural Heritage Fund, as well as being a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Doug also served two terms as a committee member of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

During his time with JFSA, Doug led our Practice’s involvement on several prestigious projects. Those included, amongst others, the V&A Dundee; redevelopment of Verdant Works in Dundee; a long-term conservation project at Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum; and, more recently, working on the redevelopment of Perth City Hall.

Doug was very much a family man, who also had a love for football, being a long-time supporter of Dundee United and for many years a well known face in local junior football circles having been a committee member and then Club Secretary of Forfar Albion JFC (now Forfar United).

As well as being greatly missed in a professional capacity, Doug’s sense of humour and fun during office social events will be missed by us all.

Our heartfelt thoughts are with Lynn and all the Reid family, in particular Jill, Allan and Claire.

Rest in Peace Doug

Fred, Rosemary, Paul and David – and all the JFSA team.