Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hugh Smith
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 July 1899
Died: 24 December 1967
Bio Notes: Hugh Smith was born on 21 July 1899. He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France during the First World War before commencing his apprenticeship on 4 May 1920, serving five years with Thomas Graham Abercrombie (from 1923 Abercrombie & Maitland) and attending Paisley Technical College and School of Art as well as taking private tuition in design. On completing his apprenticeship in June 1925 he joined the Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department, where he was engaged on the design of officers' quarters, barracks and technical buildings as well as Croydon Airport. In July the following year he transferred to H M Office of Works, Edinburgh, where he was principally concerned with the maintenance of public buildings including Register House, the Law Courts, and various post offices and labour and telephone exchanges. At the beginning of 1929 he moved to London to join the architectural staff of the Miners Welfare Committee, working as chief assistant to the chief architect of the north-eastern division, John Austin Dempster, on pithead baths and other buildings. He was admitted LRIBA in early 1932, apparently without proposers, and in November 1936 was appointed Dempster's deputy, with full responsibility for the Committee's work in Ayrshire, Cumberland, Lanarkshire and the Lothians.

He was elected FRIBA on 1 May 1951, his proposers being Dempster, Robert Cawkwell, and John Henry Forshaw, who was in charge of the general direction of the Miners' Welfare Committee's building programme throughout the United Kingdom. At that time he was based in Doncaster working as deputy to John Austin Dempster, Divisional Architect, National Coal Board and living at 129 Bawtry Road Bessacarr. On Dempster's retirement he was appointed Divisional Architect, retiring in 1963.

He died on 24th December 1967. His son, Hugh Philip Smith, was Borough Architect of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2189, Peartree Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 2129, Bawtry Road, Bessacarr, Doncaster, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1951 *After 1960 

* 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 6Thomas Graham Abercrombie4 May 19201923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Abercrombie & Maitland19234 June 1925Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department7 June 192530 June 1927Assistant 
Item 4 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1 July 192730 December 1928AssistantIn Edinburgh office
Item 5 of 6Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)4 January 1929November 1936Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)November 1936After 1951ArchitectDeputy Chief Architect of North-Eastern Division, in charge of works in Cumberland, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and the Lothians

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Cawkwell1 May 1951for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3John Austin Dempster1 May 1951for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3John Henry Forshaw1 May 1951for 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 211927Parliament House, Supreme Courts of Scotland  EdinburghScotlandUnspecified maintenance work - as assistant in H M Office of Works
Item 2 of 211927 or 1928Register House  EdinburghScotlandUnspecified maintenance work - as assistant in H M Office of Works
Item 3 of 21After 1929Arniston Colliery, pithead baths  MidlothianScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 4 of 21After 1929Brora Colliery, pithead bathsInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 5 of 21After 1929Castle Park BandstandWhitehaven CumberlandEngland 
Item 6 of 21After 1929Comrie Colliery, pithead baths  FifeScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 7 of 21After 1929Douglas Castle colliery, pithead baths  LanarkshireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 8 of 21After 1929Haigh Colliery, pithead bathsWhitehaven CumberlandEnglandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 9 of 21After 1929Houldsworth Colliery, pithead bathsPatna AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 10 of 21After 1929Kells Community CentreWhitehaven CumberlandEngland 
Item 11 of 21After 1929Mauchline Colliery, pithead baths  AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 12 of 21After 1929Overtown Colliery, pithead baths  LanarkshireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 13 of 21After 1929Pennyvenie Colliery, pithead baths  AyrshireScotlandFurther work (?) - As chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 14 of 21After 1929Wester Auchengeich Colliery, pithead baths  LanarkshireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 15 of 21After 1929Whitehill Colliery, pithead baths  MidlothianScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 16 of 21After 1929Windygates InstituteWindygates FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 211932Kames Colliery, Pithead Baths  AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect under John Austin Dempster, on the staff of the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 18 of 211933Auchencruive/Auchincruive Colliery, Pithead Baths 4 and 5Annbank AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect under John Austin Dempster, on the staff of the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 19 of 211933Cardowan Colliery, Pithead BathsCardowan LanarkshireScotlandAs chief assistant to John Austin Dempster, on the staff of the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 20 of 211934Polkemmet Colliery, pithead baths  LanarkshireScotlandAs chief assistant and latterly deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee
Item 21 of 211938Fleets Colliery, pithead baths  East LothianScotlandAs chief assistant or deputy chief architect for the Miners' Welfare Committee

References

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Hugh SmithInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent May 2011
Item 2 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4105 (box 21); F no4623 (combined box 25)