Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander Adam |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1883 |
|Died: ||4 January 1961 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander Adam was born in 1883, the son of James Adam and his wife Joan Don and the younger brother of Matthew Adam, also an architect. He attended Campbell School and Paisley Technical College. He was articled to Charles Davidson of Paisley from 1899 to 1904, and took the Diploma course at the Glasgow School of Architecture, subsequently becoming draughtsman to Messrs Duncan and Copland. |
He passed the qualifying exam in London in November 1910 and was admitted ARIBA on 27 March 1911, being James Milne Monro, Thomas Lennox Watson and William Forrest Salmon. His travels prior to that date were limited to England, Scotland and Ireland. On 5 April 1916 he married Elizabeth M Morrison.
He was engaged as assistant lecturer in Architecture and Building Construction at Paisley Technical College in 1911. He remained there until 1927 when he became principal of the Architectural Department at Glasgow School of Art from the session 1927-28. In that capacity he organised the exhibition of Glasgow architecture for the RIBA conference of 1935. Nothing is yet known of his movements thereafter, save that he was with Duncan & Copland in 1930, by then a senior partner (he appears under their address in the RIBA Kalendar of 1930-31).
He retired to Largs and died there at 1 Castelhill Drive on 4 January 1961 of ateriosclerosis and coronary thrombosis.
"Enterprise Scotland 1947." Builder (29 August 1947): p229-32.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|4, Old Smithhills Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||1901|| || |
|Churchill House, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||Before 1911||After 1914|| |
|146, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1920||1922|| |
|4, Brodie Park Aveniu, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1923|| || |
|260, West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1923||1924|| |
|160, Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1924 *||1941|| |
|1, Bushes Avenue, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||1926 *||After 1950|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|British Architectural Library, RIBA||2001||Directory of British Architects 1834-1914|| || || |
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|Who's Who in Architecture||1914|| || || || |
|Who's Who in Architecture||1926|| || || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Glasgow Herald||7 January 1961|| || ||Obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Additional information from Iain Paterson|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A v19 no2139|