Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Joseph Charles Miller |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||14 September 1901 |
|Died: ||11 July 1988 |
|Bio Notes: ||Joseph Charles Miller was born on 14 September 1901, the son of Robert Miller, negineer, and his wife Margaret McIlwain. He was articled to Ninian Macwhannell of Glasgow in 1918, studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture. After completing his apprenticeship in 1923 he remained with Macwhannell for a further two years as assistant whilst he completed his studies at the School. He passed the qualifying exam on 24 July 1925 and, having spent the summer travelling in France, was admitted ARIBA on 30 November that year, his proposers being Macwhannell, Charles Gourlay and Andrew Balfour. |
He then emigrated to Malaya where he became chief assistant in the firm of Stark & McNeill in Penang the following year. Whilst with Stark & McNeill he travelled in China in January 1928 and in Italy and Germany in September 1930. In the latter year he was made a partner, and in either 1932 or 1934 (there is a conflict of information between the nomination papers of the various partners), the practice title was changed to McNeill & Miller. In 1934 or 1935 Miller left to practise on his own account. It appears that James Tyre McNeill had also left by this time as John McNeill continued to practise alone, reverting to the earlier firm title of Stark & McNeill.
Miller was elected FRIBA on 7 February 1938, proposed by David McLeod Craik, Macwhannell and Professor William James Smith. His address at that date was 38 George Street Dumfries which was the office address of Gordon Kinghorn at a later date, but there is porobably no connection bwteen the two. He was elected FRIAS in 1957.
He died at Dumfries Royal Infirmary on 17 July 1988, survived by his wife, Helen Watson Hislop, their address immediately prior to his death being 'Crannog', Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire and their daughter.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|101, Stanmore Road, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1925 *|| || |
|6B, Beach Street, Penang, Malaysia||Business||1938 *|| || |
|3, Lin Mah Chye Road, Penang, Malaysia||Private||1938 *|| || |
|38, George Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland||Business(?)||1956 *|| || |
|Crannog, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland||Private||1988 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1961||Lochside Parish Church||Dumfries|| ||Dumfriesshire||Scotland|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no3858 (microfilm reel 28); F no3442 (box 23)|