Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Gibson
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 March 1893
Died: 20 June 1966
Bio Notes: George Gibson was born on 8 March 1893, the son of William Henry Gibson, plumber, and his wife Annie Watson Robertson. He was articled to William Watson of Kerr & Watson, Johnstone, Renfrewshire in 1907. He attended art classes at Camphill School, Paisley from 1907 to 1909 and then took classes at Paisley Technical College until 1913, remaining in the same firm as assistant after completing his apprenticeship in 1912. He was on active service abroad in the First World War but returned to Kerr & Watson as chief assistant in 1919, taking further classes in Mathematics at Paisley Technical College.

In 1922 he left Kerr & Watson to take up a post as architectural assistant to the Master of Works of the County of Renfrewshire. Three years later he secured a similar position in the Corporation of Glasgow, and three years after that, in 1928, he moved to an equivalent post in Paisley. He remained there thereafter, being designated Housing Architect in the Paisley Master of Works Department in 1939, and was still in that office when he was admitted LRIBA on 11 December 1945, his proposers being James Steel Maitland, Jack Antonio Coia and William James Smith. He was elected FRIAS in 1955.

Gibson died on 20 June 1966 at his home in Paisley, survived by his wife Margaret McInnes Bett.

Published work:
Paper on 'The Requirements of the Individual and the Family in Community Life'
'Report on the Questionnaire of the Scottish Housing Advisory Panel'
'Planning for Posterity', an article on art and planning
'The Thoroughfare', poem
'Stones of Scotland, article

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 16, Townhead Terrace, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1945 *1966 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Kerr & Watson19071912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Kerr & Watson19121914Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Kerr & Watson19191922Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Renfrew County Architects Department19221925AssistantAssistant to Master of Works, County of Renfrew
Item 5 of 7Greenock Corporation19251928AssistantAssistant to Master of Works, Corporation of Greenock
Item 6 of 7Paisley Public Works Department19281939Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Paisley Public Works Department1939 Architectin the Master of Works Department, Paisley Town Council


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia11 December 1945for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Steel Maitland11 December 1945for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith11 December 1945for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 13After 19281100-house scheme at HunterhillPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 13After 1928Barterholm SchemePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 3 of 13After 1928Ferguslie Park No 3 SchemePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 13After 1928Flatted houses at Blackstoun Oval SchemePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 13After 1928George A Clark Town HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 13After 1928Great Hamilton Street area redevelopmentPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 13After 1928Lochfield Bowling PavilionPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 13After 1928Offices for Burgh Factor, Burgh Surveyor and Weights and Measures InspectorPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 13After 1928Redevelopment of the environs of the River Cart at the Town HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 13After 1928Shopping centre, Ferguslie ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 13After 1928Two-storey tenements, Dalskeith RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 131939Craw Road InstitutionPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 131945Gallowhill No 3 SchemePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5800 (combined box 101)