Sir James Duncan Dunbar-Nasmith CBE FRIBA FRSE FRIAS (born 15 March 1927) is a British conservation architect.[1]

He was born in Totnes, Devon,[2] the son of Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, VC KCB KCMG (1883–1965) and Beatrix Justina Dunbar-Dunbar-Rivers CBE. His elder brother was Rear-Admiral David Dunbar-Nasmith, CB DCL (1921–1997). He was educated at Lockers Park School, Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

Dunbar-Nasmith is best known as the architect of Sunninghill Park, the former home of The Duke of York, and Balmoral Estate architect. He is in professional practice as a partner in Law & Dunbar-Nasmith, architects, Edinburgh (since 1957), and Hilger, Law & Dunbar-Nasmith, architects, Wiesbaden (since 1993).[1]

He was Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and the Edinburgh College of Art, 1978–1988, and is now Emeritus Professor at Heriot Watt University. Sir James has been Chairman of The Scottish Civic Trust from 1995.[1]


He was made a CBE in 1976, and knighted in 1996.


  1. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1210. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom Preceded bySir Peter Morris Gentlemen Succeeded bySir Nigel Rudd