Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harold Carmichael Miller
Designation: Architect
Born: 31 May 1915
Died: 1 January 1966
Bio Notes: Harold Carmichael Miller was born in Perth on 31 May 1915, the son of Andrew Miller, solicitor, and his wife Marie Fraser Bollom. He was educated at Perth Academy and undertook private study of drawing in his final year there. In 1932 he was articled to Smart, Stewart & Mitchell, and during his five-year apprenticeship he received tuition under Sir Bannister Fletcher. He remained with the same firm as assistant until March 1940 when he commenced war service with the RAF.

Miller spent the first two years of his military service travelling around England, taking the opportunity to study architecture in the regions where he was stationed, including Northumberland, the Midlands, Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and Kent. The following three years were spent first in Algeria, where he studied French Colonial development, and Southern Italy, where he observed the Italian Baroque works centred around Lecce. When he was admitted LRIBA on 12 March 1946, proposed by Robert Matthew Mitchell, Graham Conacher Young and William Erskine Thomson, he was working as a full-time instructor of Building Construction and Drawing in the RAF, EVT scheme. In an unusually lengthy supporting statement, Mitchell wrote: ' during the eight years he was with us he gave unqualified satisfaction both as a pupil and as a draughtsman. He was extremely keen on his work and he followed up and visited the jobs placed in his charge with quick intelligence and a clear knowledge of what was required for the carrying on of a job. Unhappily war broke out and like many another man he had perforce to leave for active service. Judging by his architectural drawings prepared under the incidental drawbacks and discouragements of active service he has maintained his draughtsmanship and interest in architectural design. It is noted from his letters that nothing of architectural value seems to escape his observation. It may be that all the official requirements of the application form are not exactly according to the letter, but in view of Mr Miller's unavoidable absence from the profession for the time being but bearing more in mind his undoubted abilities as a student and an architect I would plead for a sympathetic consideration of his application. His character is irreproachable.' It appears that Miller intended to return to Smart, Stewart & Mitchell as he gave their office address as his own business address in his nomination papers.

He died on 1 Jantuary 1966 at the Royal Infirmary in Perth. He was survived by his wife Phyllis Margaret Mulvena Mackintosh.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Birnam, Fairmount Road, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 1966 
Item 2 of 2The Grove, Moredun Terrace, Craigie, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1946After 1950 

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 3Smart, Stewart & Mitchell19321937Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Smart, Stewart & Mitchell19371940Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Smart, Stewart & Mitchell1946Before 1961Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Matthew Mitchell12 March 1946for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Erskine Thomson12 March 1946for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Graham Conacher Young12 March 1946for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5852 (combined box 104)