Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Carruthers Walker
Designation: Architect
Born: 1874
Died:  
Bio Notes: James Carruthers Walker was born in 1874 and articled to Henry Higgins of Glasgow from 1891 to 1896, remaining as assistant until 1898 during which period he attended the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. He then became chief assistant to Peter Macgregor Chalmers, leaving in 1900 to join James Miller as chief assistant. He remained there until at least 1911 when he was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. At that date his private address was at 6 Lindsay Terrace, but by 1914 he had set up practice on his own account, and was living and working from 23 University Avenue, Glasgow, an address which suggests that he had private means beyond his salary from Miller and limited independent practice.

Walker's independent practice did not long survive the First World War, if at all. Although Richard Gunn had become chief assistant in Miller's office in 1918, Walker went back to it although the year of his return has still to be established. When Gunn died in 1933 Walker succeeded him as chief assistant and remained in charge of the office until George Miller returned from Sir Herbert Baker's office in 1936. George Miller died only four years later in 1940 and in December James Miller retired, handing over the practice to John Wellwood Manson when Walker seems to have assisted for a short period until retiring himself.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 26, Lindsay Terrace, Dowanhill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 223, University Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1914 *  

* 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 6Boucher & Higgins18911896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Boucher & Higgins18961898Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Peter Macgregor Chalmers18981900Assistant 
Item 4 of 6James Miller1900c. 1911(?)Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 6James MillerBefore 1933c. 1936Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6James Miller & Sonc. 19361940Chief Assistant 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 461900Clydebank Municipal BuildingsClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller in the construction
Item 2 of 461900Glasgow Central Station  GlasgowScotlandExtension - as chief assistant to James Miller
Item 3 of 461900Glasgow Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 4 of 461901Caledonian Chambers  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 5 of 461901Central Station Hotel  GlasgowScotlandExtension - as chief assistant to James Miller
Item 6 of 461903Glasgow University, Materia Medica and Physiology Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 7 of 461903Glasgow University, Natural Philosophy Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 8 of 461905Anchor Line Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 9 of 461906Sir John Neilson Cuthbertson SchoolPollokshields GlasgowScotlandSigned the Dean of Guild drawings
Item 10 of 461908North British Locomotive Company OfficesSpringburn GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 11 of 461932Airthrey Paper MillsBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 12 of 461933Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion  EdinburghScotlandConsultant as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 13 of 461934Air Raid SheltersIbrox GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 14 of 461934House, BarstobrickBarstobrick  ScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 15 of 461934Squash Rackets ClubMaryhill GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 16 of 461934The Royal Scottish National Institution, hospital blockLarbert StirlingshireScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 17 of 461934Viewforth HouseStirling StirlingshireScotlandNew block
Item 18 of 461935Canniesburn Hospital and Convalescent HomeBearsden GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 19 of 461935Michael Nairn & Co Office Block and factoryKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 20 of 461935St Nicholas ChurchCardonald GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 21 of 461935Stow CollegeCowcaddens GlasgowScotlandRole uncertain
Item 22 of 461936BBC Broadcasting House  BelfastNorthern IrelandAs chief assistant to James Miller
Item 23 of 461936House, 30 (or 32) Old Kirk RoadCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 24 of 461936Medical School for WomenKelvinside GlasgowScotlandAdditions - as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 25 of 461936Two pairs of Semi Detached Houses, East Craigs  EdinburghScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 26 of 461936Wigtown LodgeGarliestown WigtownshireScotlandAlterations (as chief assistant with James Miller)
Item 27 of 461937AnnandaleBearsden GlasgowScotlandAlterations - as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 28 of 461937BalnagarrowCramond EdinburghScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 29 of 461937BannochlieBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and potting shed - as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 30 of 461937Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Nurses' Home  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 31 of 461937Greenock Ear, Nose and Throat HospitalGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 32 of 461937SMT Garage  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 33 of 461937The New Locarno, Saucheihall Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations - as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 34 of 461938Almond Lodge  EdinburghScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 35 of 461938Gilbert Bain HospitalLerwickMainlandShetlandScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 36 of 461938Glasgow Empire Exhibition, RSAC, AA and Messrs Beatties Bakeries Ltd StandsBellahouston GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 37 of 461938Premises for Shanks & Co, 189 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandProposed alterations
Item 38 of 4619397 Calderwood Road for Millers Timber Trust Co LtdNewlands GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 39 of 461939Eastwood ParkGiffnock RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations for wine cellar - as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 40 of 461939House Types A and BWesterglen  Scotland 
Item 41 of 461939Killearn Emergency HospitalKillearn StirlingshireScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 42 of 461939Killearn HouseKillearn StirlingshireScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 43 of 461940Gleneagles HotelGleneagles PerthshireScotlandConversion to emergency hospital
Item 44 of 461941Fisher Henderson & Co, Ladyburn Skin WorksGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 45 of 461941Lowther TerraceKelvinside GlasgowScotlandAlterations - as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 46 of 461941Westburn Sugar RefineriesGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction - as chief assistant with James Miller

References

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v21 no1649