Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Campbell Reid
Designation: Architect
Born: 1879
Died: 30 November 1923
Bio Notes: James Campbell Reid was born in 1879 the son of John Reid, Glasgow, and was educated at Allan Glen's School, Glasgow. He was articled to Thomson & Turnbull from 1893 to 1897 and then had himself apprenticed to a firm of builders and contractors for practical experience which lasted four years, during which period he acted as architectural assistant to Charles Gourlay at the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College. In 1902 and 1903 he found employment as a draughtsman with various firms and undertook extended visits abroad, spending several months in Normandy and Paris where he appears to have attended selected lectures at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts rather than taking a full course. Over the next few years he continued to make study tours, spending a fortnight each year in France and a week each year in England.

He commenced practice on his own account in 1904 in Blythswood Square, Glasgow. He passed the qualifying exam in November 1906 and was admitted ARIBA on 4 March 1907, his proposers being David Barclay, architect to the College, Thomas Lennox Watson and James Milne Monro. By that date he had moved office to 209 St Vincent Street, with a house at 328 Golfhill Drive. He was admitted FRIBA on 2 December 1912, his proposers being George Bell, Alexander Nisbet Paterson and John Bennie Wilson.

In 1914 Reid merged his practice with that of Alexander Wingate as he had been appointed Head of the Department of Architecture, Surveying and Building at the Northern Polytechnic Institute in London in 1914. The partnership did not survive the First World War. Wingate was killed in action in France in October 1915. Reid was a Royal Naval Reservist and survived the war. He was somewhat damaged in health but presumably resumed his appointment in the Northern Polytechnic; and he implemented his pre-war intention of opening a London office at 6 New Burlington Street. He died following a short illness on 30 November 1923.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1904 *  
Item 2 of 5209, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1904After 1914 
Item 3 of 5328, Golfhill Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1906After 1912 
Item 4 of 5144, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1919 *  
Item 5 of 56, New Burlington Street, Regent Street, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1920  

* 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 3Thomson & Turnbull (or A Thomson & Turnbull)18931897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Charles Gourlay18971901Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Campbell Reid & Wingate19141915Partner 

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 2George Gerard HowardJanuary 1915March 1916Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2George Gerard HowardJanuary 1919November 1920Assistant(?)Unclear whether completing his apprenticeship or working as assistant


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6David Barclay4 March 1907for Associateship
Item 2 of 6George Bell II2 December 1912for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6James Milne Monro4 March 1907for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Alexander Nisbet Paterson2 December 1912for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Thomas Lennox Watson4 March 1907for Associateship
Item 6 of 6John Bennie Wilson2 December 1912for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4John Begg Campbell24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4Alexander Davidson20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4John Galt1910for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4(Dr) Colin Sinclair6 June 1910for 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 25After 1904Branch bankPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 25After 1904Business premisesBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 3 of 25After 1904Business premises, halls and officesRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 25After 1904Golf ClubhouseRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 25After 1904Halls and offices, Carlton Place  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 25After 1904HousesJordanhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 25After 1904Picture TheatreCrosshill GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 25After 1904Warehouse and factoriesBridgeton GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 25After 1904Workmen's housesBonnybridge StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 251906Scotia Leather Works  GlasgowScotlandFrontage added
Item 11 of 251907Scottish National Exhibition, 1908Saughton EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 12 of 251909Entertainment and Roller Skating Pavilion, Boswell ParkAyr AyrshireScotlandArchitect for original building
Item 13 of 251912BB CineramaEglinton Toll GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 251914Warehouse, 6-20 Bell Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 25Before 1914BB Skating Rink  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 25Before 1914Cathkin Braes Golf ClubhouseCathkin Braes LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 25Before 1914Enamel Works, BushburyWolverhampton StaffordshireEngland 
Item 18 of 25Before 1914Hotel, rue St Anne  ParisFrance 
Item 19 of 25Before 1914House(s)Larbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 25Before 1914Rattray's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and extensive additions
Item 21 of 25Before 1914Wynfield HousePolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 22 of 25c. 1920Offices, King Street  LondonEngland 
Item 23 of 251921Scheme for Devonshire House site  LondonEnglandScheme not executed ( Carrere & Hastings appointed)
Item 24 of 251922BB Cinerama No 2  GlasgowScotlandIn conjunction with A McInnes Gardner
Item 25 of 251923Two theatres and associated restaurant on remainder of Devonshire House site  LondonEnglandScheme only - not begun at the time of Reid's death.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal22 December 1923v31London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp121 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v17 p86 (microfilm reel 19); F v21 no1478 (microfilm reel 13)