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Charles McKean FRSE FRSA FRHistS FRIBA (16 July 1946 – 29 September 2013) was Professor of Scottish Architectural History at the University of Dundee.

Biography

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 of the University of Dundee in 1997. Before coming to Dundee, Professor McKean was Chief Executive of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. He edited the journal London Architect from 1970 to 1975, before becoming architecture correspondent for The Times newspaper from 1977 to 1983. He then held a similar position for Scotland On Sunday from 1988 to 1990. He held fellowships of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Historical Society, and was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. From 2003 to 2009 he was a member of the Scottish committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, one of many prominent committee positions he occupied. In 2005 he was appointed Honorary President of the St Andrews Preservation Trust. He was also a prolific author of architecture and history books. He was awarded an Honorary Stephen Fry Award by the University of Dundee in 2012 for his lifetime achievements in engaging the public with his research in Scottish architectural history. McKean died in Edinburgh on 29 September 2013, aged 67.

Legacy

McKean's posthumous work, 'Gender Differentiation in Scottish Royal Palaces' was edited by Monique Chatenet and Krista De Jonge, and published in ''Le prince, la princesse et leurs logis'' (Paris, 2014). The paper discusses Stirling Castle and Dunfermline Palace in the times of Mary of Guise and Anne of Denmark. Following a conference held at Perth in October 2013 called "A New Platform for Scottish Renaissance Studies", an edition of the journal ''Architectural Heritage'', no. XXVI issue 1, was dedicated to his memory. The edition was edited by Dr Sally Rush of Glasgow University, who was a consultant on the restoration of the palace interiors at Stirling Castle. The volume includes contributions by his colleagues, friends and students. Essays from four of his students were included, from Charles Wemyss, Michael Pearce, Kate Newland, and William Napier. Alan R. MacDonald presents McKean's drawings, and the other essays were written by architects, historians and archaeologists including Konrad Ottenheym, James Simpson, Dr Shannon Fraser, Dr Marilyn Brown, Dr Aonghus MacKechnie and Professors Richard Oram and Ian Campbell.''Architectural Heritage'', 26:1 (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).Free access article: Michael Pearce, 'Approaches to Household Inventories and Household Furnishing, 1500–1650'.
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Publications

* ''Guide to Modern Buildings in London 1965-1975'', Warehouse Publishing Ltd, with Tom Jestico, (1976) * ''Fight Blight'', Littlehampton Book Services, (1977) * ''Fight Blight'', Kaye & Ward, (1977) * ''Dundee, An Illustrated Introduction'', with David Walker, Scottish Academic Press and RIAS, (1984) * ''Stirling and The Trossachs'', Scottish Academic Press and RIAS, (1985) * ''The Scottish Thirties'', Scottish Academic Press, (1987) * ''The District of Moray, An Illustrated Architectural Guide'', Scottish Academic Press and RIAS, (1987) * ''Central Glasgow, An Illustrated Architectural Guide'', with David Walker and Frank Arneil Walker, Mainstream Publications (Scotland) Ltd and RIAS, (1989) * ''Edinburgh, An Illustrated Architectural Guide'', Rutland Press and RIAS (1992)
"Craignethan: the Castle of the Bastard of Arran"
''Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland'', vol. 125 (1995), pp. 1069–1090. * ''The Making of the Museum of Scotland'', National Museum of Scotland, (2000) * ''The Scottish Château: the Country House of the Scottish Renaissance'', Sutton Publishing (2001) * ''Battle for the North: The Tay and Forth Bridges and the 19th-Century Railway Wars'', Granta (2006) * ''Lost Dundee, Dundee's lost architectural heritage'', with Patricia Whatley, Birlinn (2008) * ''Dundee, 1600-1800'', Dundee University Press, (2010) * ''The Scottish Town in the Age of Enlightenment 1740-1820'' with Bob Harris, (2014) * 'Gender Differentiation in Scottish Royal Palaces' in M. Chatenet & K. De Jonge, ''Le prince, la princesse et leurs logis'' (Paris, 2014), pp. 93–104,

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Dundee Heritage Walk


by Miles Glendinning, 2001
Guardian review of ''Battle for the North'', 19 August 2006
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