Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Symington Houston |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||14 January 1905 |
|Died: ||26 March 1975 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Symington Houston was born on 14 January 1905, the son of William Houston, haridresser, and his wife Agnes Symington. He was articled to Launcelot Hugh Ross on 7 July 1919, attending classes at Glasgow High School from that year and subsequently studying at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1924 he moved to Paisley where he joined H Cook & Hamilton as assistant. He returned to Glasgow three years later when he secured a position as assistant to Hamilton Neil, transferring to the office of William Baillie in 1928 and to that of Charles James McNair in 1929. |
In 1932 he left McNair to assist Walter Underwood, Chief Architect to the Scottish Co-Operative Wholesale Society. He was still working in that office when he was admitted LRIBA on 11 December 1945, his proposers being Launcelot Hugh Ross, Harry Cook, Alexander Nisbet Malcolm, and Glasgow Institute of Architects secretary William MacLean. By 1950 he had been promoted to the position of Architect and Master of Works at the Co-operative Baking Society.
He died on 26 March 1975 at his home in Glasgow. His wife, Rachel Boyd, had predeceased him.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|72, Ochil Street, Tollcross, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||c. 1930|| || |
|139, Muirdrum Avenue, Cardonald, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1945 *||1975|| |
|12, McNeil Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1950 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no5801 (combined box 101)|