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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Andrew Carrick
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 April 1911
Died: 23 November 1989
Bio Notes: James Andrew Carrick was born on 22 April 1911, the son of James Carrick, architect, of Ayr and his wife Susan Cunningham. He attended Ayr Academy. He commenced his studies at the Glasgow School of Architecture in 1928 and served his apprenticeship with James Miller. In 1930 he spent a month touring England to study ecclesiastical architecture, and in the following year he won the Alexander Thomson travelling studentship in 1931, which he used for a three-month study tour of Rome and Northern Italy two years later; and in 1932 he was runner-up for the Grissell Medal. He obtained his diploma and passed the professional practice exam in summer 1933, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA on 4 December that year, his proposers being Andrew Graham Henderson, John Keppie and James Archibald Morris, an old friend of his father's. By that time he had been assisting in his father's office for over a year. In 1934 he was taken into partnership, the firm's name changing to J & J A Carrick, and in the same year he spent a month studying Greek buildings in Sicily and Southern Italy as Bourdon Memorial Student.

The elder Carrick was an excellent Arts and Crafts architect, mainly in an English Tudor-Jacobean idiom close in style to Miller's work. In the younger Carrick's hands the direction of the practice quickly changed, although traditional Arts and Crafts could still be provided according to the tastes of the client. The son was a significant modernist, as can be seen at Gourock and Rothesay Pavilions and to a lesser degree at Ayr Ice Rink, but his career was curtailed by the Second World War.

The elder Carrick died in 1940. The younger Carrick served as an officer with the Royal Artillery during the Second World War and resumed practice after the war. He was elected FRIBA in 1953, proposed by Andrew Graham Henderson, William James Smith and William McCrea, at which time he was still practising from Wellington Chambers. He served as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects from 1958-60 and as President of the RIAS from 1969-71.

He retired in 1981 enabling him to spend more time on his leisure pursuits, fishing, golf and gardening. He had a position with the River Doon Fisheries Board, was a keen Rotarian and served for a spell as President of the Ayr Rotary Club as well as being Captain of the Turnberry Golf Club in 1985 and 1986.

The practice continued operating in central and southern Scotland until 1982 when it merged with Cowie Torry and Partners and became Carrick Cowie and Torry. The new partnership took over the practice of T K Irving and Partners of Stranraer in 1985 and in 1999 changed its name to Carricks, James Andrew Carrick having died on 23 November 1989 in Ayr County Hospital. He was survived by his wife, Christiana Margaret Waddell, and his son and daughter. He was described by his obituarist as a 'kind man and a good practitioner'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 692, St Leonard's Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 6Bridge Lodge, Nether Auchendrane, By Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate 1989 
Item 3 of 6Wellington House/7, Alloway Place, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1934After 1970 
Item 4 of 625, Wellington Square, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1935After 1939 
Item 5 of 6Martins, Alloway, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 6 of 65, Craigweil Place, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1953 *  

* 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 3James Millerc. 19281931 or 1932Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Carrick1931 or 19321934Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 3J & J A Carrick19341982Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Andrew Graham Henderson4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Andrew Graham Henderson13 October 1953For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6John Keppie4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 4 of 6William McCrea13 October 1953For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6James Archibald Morris4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 6 of 6(Professor) William James Smith13 October 1953For Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Robert McMillan Clive5 October 1966For Fellowship
Item 2 of 5William John Fairweather5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 5David Ferguson19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 4 of 5Thomas Kerr Irving9 October 1956For Licentiateship
Item 5 of 5John Wilson19 June 1956For 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 781930sSeafield House and lodgeAyr AyrshireScotlandCasualty and Outpatients' Departments
Item 2 of 781932(?)St Quivox RC Church and HallPrestwick AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 3 of 781934Building and décor for the Pageant of AyrAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 781934Coatbridge Public Baths, swimming pool and clinicCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design - not placed
Item 5 of 781934House for J HendrieAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 781934House for Miss DobbieAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 781934House for Mrs CunninghamAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 781934House for Mrs PopplewellAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 781934House for R W GordonSymington AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 781934House for T McBurnieAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 781934Stair HouseTarbolton AyrshireScotlandRestoration and reconditioning
Item 12 of 78After 1934Burns MuseumAlloway AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 13 of 78After 1934Council housingGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 78After 1934Farm buildings, BlackhillAyr (near) AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 78After 1934Farm buildings, BroomberryAyr (near) AyrshireScotland 
Item 16 of 78After 1934Farm buildings, Low KilphinBallantrae AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 78After 1934Farm buildings, WhitehillAyr (near) AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 78After 1934Souvenir Shop at Burns MonumentAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 19 of 78After 1934Villa, 1 Craigweil RoadAyr AyrshireScotlandExtensions
Item 20 of 781935Birch HillsAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 21 of 781935Cambusdoon FeuingCambusdoon AyrshireScotland 
Item 22 of 781935Cragburn PavilionGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 781935CraigwellAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 24 of 781935Private residenceAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 25 of 781935The HirselAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 26 of 781936Cottage at Glen TachurPinwherry AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 27 of 781936GlencarseAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 28 of 781936Holy Trinity ChurchAyr AyrshireScotlandRepairs after fire damage
Item 29 of 781936KirkhillColmonell AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 781936Private residenceHigh Corton, near Ayr AyrshireScotland 
Item 31 of 781936Private residenceAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 32 of 781936Rothesay PavilionRothesayBute ScotlandWon competition to secure job (plus £200 premium)
Item 33 of 781936Shoe storeAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations and shop front
Item 34 of 781936St John's Mission ChurchAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 35 of 781937Ayr Ice RinkAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 36 of 781937Enterkine HouseStair (near) AyrshireScotlandNew chauffeur's house
Item 37 of 781937Ottoline Drive, feuing at Darley WoodTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 38 of 781937Villa, Ottoline DriveTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 39 of 781938Auchinleck Barony ChurchAuchinleck AyrshireScotlandAlterations after fire
Item 40 of 781938DoonholmAyr AyrshireScotlandReconditioning of several staff cottages
Item 41 of 78c. 1938Davidson Memorial Cottage HospitalGirvan AyrshireScotlandExtension to right
Item 42 of 78c. 1938Kirkcaldy Town HallKirkcaldy FifeScotlandDesign drawn
Item 43 of 78c. 1938Luton Town Hall and Municipal BuildingsLuton BedfordshireEnglandDesigns
Item 44 of 781939Shop premisesAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 45 of 78After 1939(?)Ballochmyle HouseMauchline AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 46 of 78c. 1939Queen's HallDunoon ArgyllScotlandDesigns
Item 47 of 78c. 1950Sauchrie HouseSauchrie AyrshireScotlandRestoration
Item 48 of 781953Peden ChurchAuchinleck AyrshireScotland 
Item 49 of 781958Castlehill ChurchAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 50 of 781960County Buildings and Sheriff CourtAyr AyrshireScotlandRoyal Scots Fusiliers Memorial in grounds
Item 51 of 781960Symington Parish ChurchSymington AyrshireScotlandLow Neo-Romanesque porch added
Item 52 of 781961St Cuthbert's ChurchMonkton and Prestwick AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 53 of 781962Warehouse for Hugh Lauder & Co LtdKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 54 of 781963Ayr Racecourse and GrandstandsWallacetown AyrshireScotlandEglinton Stand and other buildings
Item 55 of 781963Ladyburn Factory, Offices and laboratories for Alginate Industries LtdGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 56 of 781963Racecourse building for Western Meeting ClubAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 57 of 781965Kirkbride HouseCrosshill (near) AyrshireScotlandPart demolition and alterations
Item 58 of 781967Fire StationIrvine    
Item 59 of 781968Ayrshire Lunatic AsylumAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions and improvements (other than hostel)
Item 60 of 781968Clydesdale BankAyr AyrshireScotlandReconstruction of High Street branch
Item 61 of 781968Davidson Memorial Cottage HospitalGirvan AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 62 of 781968Kelso Racecourse, stables and hostelKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 63 of 781968Ladyburn Factory, Offices and laboratories for Alginate Industries LtdGirvan AyrshireScotlandFurther extension work
Item 64 of 781968Private housing for BovisAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 65 of 781968Private housing for Bovis  EdinburghScotland 
Item 66 of 781968Private housing for Bovis  GlasgowScotland 
Item 67 of 781968Speculative HousingCunning Park, Ayr AyrshireScotland 
Item 68 of 781969Ayrshire Lunatic AsylumAyr AyrshireScotlandStaff hostel
Item 69 of 781969Speculative HousingRozelle, Ayr AyrshireScotland 
Item 70 of 781969Villa, 1 Craigweil RoadAyr AyrshireScotlandGymnasium and classrooms added. Also Assembly Hall which may be the same as the gymnasium?
Item 71 of 78After 1970Fire StationSkelmorlie AyrshireScotland 
Item 72 of 781971Kilkerran Estate, caravan park and leisure centreMaybole AyrshireScotland 
Item 73 of 781972Flats, Savoy Park areaAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 74 of 781972Golf Clubhouse, BelleisleAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 75 of 781974Ayr County HospitalAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 76 of 781974Halifax Building Society branchAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 77 of 781974Private House for Ambion ScotlandDrymen StirlingshireScotland 
Item 78 of 781983Airport ClubPrestwick AyrshireScotlandNew facade


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press 
Item 2 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 5Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 4 of 5Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 5 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder18 August 1961  'Civic Trust Design Awards, 1960 - Results of Competitions in the County Boroughs, The Awards, Scotland' pp304-305 - served as assessor for Falkirk projects
Item 2 of 2RIAS NewsletterJanuary 1990v1, no7 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5207 (stored under F4813, combined box 37); F no4813 (combined box 37)


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