Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: December 1887 or December 1888
Bio Notes: Joseph Wilson's date of birth is variously given in the Glasgow School of Art Rolls as 25 or 26 December 1887 or 1888. 'Who's Who in Architecture 1923' gives 1887. He was articled to Brand & Lithgow in 1903 and remained as assistant until 1910, attending classes at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1906. After two years' additional full-time study at the School he was appointed draughtsman to Cullen Lochhead & Brown in 1912. The following year he was employed by Charles Gourlay at the Royal Technical College as assistant and lecturer. He received his diploma in 1914. During these early years he undertook two main study tours, spending four weeks in Somerset in 1911 and seven weeks touring England and France in 1913.

His career was interrupted by war service from 1915. He appears to have returned to his teaching post at the Royal Technical College after the war, and was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme in mid-1919, his proposers being James Lochhead, Alexander Nisbet Paterson and John Bennie Wilson. In 1923 he was working in the practice of C J McNair.

Wilson was in independent practice at Cockburn Buildings, 141 Bath Street by 1926. In July 1927 he was appointed consultant architect to Mactaggart & Mickel but resigned in June 1929 because of workload and fees. He continued beyond that date as architect to the Associated Western Heritable Company and its subsidiaries, London Heritable Investments and Grove End Gardens Ltd. He was a member of the SAS, later the RIAS. Although he appears to have worked in London in the late 1930s, his address in the RIBA Kalendar is still given as 200 St Vincent Street in 1939-40.

In the RIBA Directory Joseph Wilson is still in practice, though now in his early 80s, operating in a practice under his name. He would appear to have been in partnership with his son, Norman Ramsay Wilson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1143, Cecil Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1906 *After 1907 
Item 2 of 116, Jedburgh Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1909 *  
Item 3 of 1112, Moss Park Road, Dumbreck, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1919 *  
Item 4 of 11138, Sinclair Drive, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1919 *  
Item 5 of 11Royal Technical College, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1919 *  
Item 6 of 11Cockburn Buildings/141, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1926After 1935 
Item 7 of 1145, Mosspark Boulevard, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1934 *  
Item 8 of 11Ocean Insurance Buildings/200, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1937After 1939 
Item 9 of 11Refuge Insurance Buildings, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1954 *  
Item 10 of 116, India Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1960 *  
Item 11 of 1119, India Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1970 *  

* 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 5Brand & Lithgow1903c. 1908Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Brand & Lithgowc. 19081910Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 5Cullen, Lochhead & Brown19121912 or 1913Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 5Charles Gourlay1913After 1919AssistantWith the exception of war service
Item 5 of 5Charles James McNair1923 * Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1Norman Ramsay Wilson1960(?) Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James LochheadMid 1919for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Nisbet PatersonMid 1919for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Bennie WilsonMid 1919for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Donald Murray12 March 1946for Licentiateship - initially signed but signature struck off as Wilson was only an Associate and Fellowship was required for proposers

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 15 King's Park house types  GlasgowScotlandEarliest existing bungalow building types by Mactaggart & Mickel are to the designs of Joseph Wilson, e.g. the 'F type' double and single bungalow. These were the only designs developed by an outside architect, as subsequent designs were produced by an in-house team.
Item 2 of 151927Mactaggart & Mickel house types F, J and K for developments in Kelvinside, Netherlee and King's Park  GlasgowScotlandAs architect for Mactaggart & Mickel
Item 3 of 151932Cardonald Housing Estate, eight different housing typesCardonald GlasgowScotlandAs architect for Mactaggart & Mickel
Item 4 of 151935Flats for the Western Heritable Company  LondonEngland 
Item 5 of 151937House near Glasgow  Glasgow (near)Scotland 
Item 6 of 15c. 1938Flats for London Heritable Investments and Grove End Gardens LtdSt John's Wood LondonEngland 
Item 7 of 151939Fire StationAlexandria DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 8 of 151951Premises of Messrs M G Young & Co, Peel StreetPartick GlasgowScotlandTo prepare plans for reconstruction and additions
Item 9 of 1526 March 1954New Buildings for John Fulton, Greenvale Street  GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared for new buildings
Item 10 of 151960sBishopton Primary SchoolBishopton RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 151960sFactory for David Reekie & SonPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 151960sSchoolLinwood RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 151960sSchoolCastlemilk GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 151960SchoolUplawmoor RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 151960School at FoxbarPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 8British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 8Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 8RCAHMS1999Homebuilders: Mactaggart & Mickel and the Scottish housebuilding industry RCAHMSp43-6, 51-2, 56, 64, 82
Perspective of bungalow drawn by Joseph Wilson in the late 1920s p45
Design by Joseph Wilson for Western Heritable for four in a block houses (1932) p51
Late 1920s design by Joseph Wilson for the 'K type' bungalow p 60
Item 4 of 8RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 8RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 6 of 8RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 7 of 8Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 8 of 8Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder26 March 1954  p572

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 Research by Iain Paterson (from GSA Rolls and Annual Reports)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v25 no2849 (microfilm reel 23)