Jim Dunney – 40 Years of Loyal Service

Jim Dunney has retired from Smith Scott Mullan Associates after 40 years with the Practice, and its predecessors.

Jim was trained as an Architectural Technologist, a Clerk of Works, an Access Auditor and latterly as a Principal Designer working on projects throughout Scotland, from care homes in Girvan, Territorial Army bases in Kirkcaldy and housing projects in Edinburgh. He has provided Smith Scott Mullan Associates with loyal, dedicated and unstinting service to our clients and the smooth operation of the office.

He is a great example of the benefits of older people in the workplace, leading by example with good humour, blunt communication and always game to socialise. Jim guided many a naïve young architect through the darker arts of site inspections, lessons which many of us still remember. Outside the office, Jim was a well-known rugby player who played with many of the legendary players of his generation and this provided many a fine story on our after work pub visits.

Eugene Mullan recalls ‘The door flew open and in marched Jim, shouting and roaring about two young architects with new-fangled ideas of how things should be done! Alistair and I knew better than to shout back and waited for the storm to pass, soon he would be back at his drawing board, singing a favourite song. This was 1991 and Jim stayed as a hugely influential member of the team for a further 29 years and at 70 years of age is looking as fit and well as ever!’

We all wish Jim all the best for his retirement and once the current lockdown restrictions are lifted we look forward to having a serious party to celebrate his 40 years!