Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald John Cameron
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 May 1894
Died: 11 July 1972
Bio Notes: Donald John Cameron was born on 10 May 1894, the son of Hugh Cameron, seaman, and his wife Euphemia MacCormick. He was articled to Brand & Lithgow of Glasgow on 5 September 1910, and studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture under Eugène Bourdon from 1911 to 1916. His training was interrupted by the First World War but he later assisted in the offices of Thomas Lennox Watson and of Thomas Baird, and in the Architectural Department of the shipbuilding company A Stephen & Son, where he worked on interior design. He commenced practice on his own account in Glasgow in 1922, and two years later was taken into partnership by his former employer S B Lithgow at 183 West George Street. He obtained automatic admittance as LRIBA in June 1925, at which date he was living at 149 Watt Street, Glasgow.

By 1934 Cameron had closed his city office and was practising from home at 2 Saxon Road, Glasgow. He was still at the same address in 1955 when he was elected FRIBA.

Cameron died on 11 July 1972 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Daliburgh. He was survived by his wife Constance Macdonald and his son who lived in Essex.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 841, Cedar Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19111912 
Item 2 of 883, Edington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19121913 
Item 3 of 8121, Govan Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19131914 or 1915 
Item 4 of 8113, Govan Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1914 or 1915After 1916 
Item 5 of 8183, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1925 *  
Item 6 of 8149, Watt Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1925Before 1934 
Item 7 of 82, Saxon Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1934After 1955 
Item 8 of 814, Wedderlea Dive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Brand & Lithgow5 September 1910c. 1914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas BairdAfter 1914Before 1922Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Thomas Lennox WatsonAfter 1914Before 1922Assistant 
Item 4 of 4S B Lithgow & Cameron1924c. 1926(?)Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Harry Anderson Mochrie19261929Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Archibald Douglas Holmes18 March 19301934Assistant 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Dr) Colin Sinclair10 January 1956For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3James Taylor10 January 1956For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Walter Underwood10 January 1956For Fellowship

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 211919Glasgow Housing competition, plan of house with fitments and equipment  GlasgowScotlandAwarded third proze jointly with W A Robertson and A Douglas-Smith
Item 2 of 211919Glasgow Housing competition, two-storey block of four houses with three apartments (model)  GlasgowScotlandAwarded first premium of £100
Item 3 of 211919Glasgow Housing competition, two-storey block of two houses of 3 or 4 apartments (model)  GlasgowScotlandAwarded third premium of £25
Item 4 of 21c. 1920Clachan-ath-Luith War Memorial North UistInverness-shireScotland 
Item 5 of 21After 1922Designs for Church of St Thomas ApostleRiddrie GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 21After 1922Notre Dame Training CollegeDowanhill GlasgowScotlandRemodelling of several large terrace houses to form classrooms for college
Item 7 of 21After 1922St John's SchoolBarrhead RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 21After 1922St Saviour's Elementary SchoolGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 211926St Mark's RC ChurchAlexandria DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 10 of 211929St Mun's RC ChurchDunoon ArgyllScotland 
Item 11 of 211930New churchDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 211930St Vincent de Paul's ChurchLangbank RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 211931Catholic Retreat HouseCraighead, Bothwell LanarkshireScotlandOriginal building
Item 14 of 211931Hall, 32-40 Greenvale Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 211931RC Church, HawkheadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 211931RC Hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 211932St Alexander's RC ChurchDenny StirlingshireScotlandExtension and reconstruction. It is unclear if Cameron or McKay actually secured the job or if they both worked there.
Item 18 of 211934Motor showrooms and garage  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 211939Golden Gate Exposition, Scottish VillageSan Francisco CaliforniaUnited States of America 
Item 20 of 211960sAnniesland College of Further Education  GlasgowScotlandAdditions (cost £224,444)
Item 21 of 211960sTelephone ExchangeFort William Inverness-shireScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Architect and Building News1931JAn-Jun p342

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 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3133 (microfilm reel 36); F no5105 (combined box 56)