Basic Biographical Details

Name: Adam Horsburgh Campbell
Designation: Architect
Born: 1862
Died: January 1947
Bio Notes: Adam Horsburgh Campbell was born in 1862 and was articled in the Edinburgh Engineer's office in 1882, remaining as assistant until 1889. Thereafter he held municipal assistant's posts in Stratford-on-Avon and East Ham, where his duties extended to housing. On 5 December 1910 he was appointed Edinburgh's burgh engineer, a post which the embraced town planning. He advised the newly created Housing and Town Planning Committee from 1919 under the act of that year and became Director of Housing in January 1920, an appointment strongly objected to by Sir Rowand Anderson.

In the summer of 1924 Campbell visited the Netherlands to study local authority housing as a member of a Board of Health delegation led by Sir Charles Ruthven. Then he saw the Korrelbeton system, which led him to experiment with concrete construction.

Campbell's last years in municipal service were marred by a complete breakdown in working relationships between himself and the City Architect James Anderson Williamson. Campbell's relationaship with Williamson's successor, Ebeneezrer Macrae, was no better. He retired slightly early on 3 June 1926, his duties as Director of Housing being taken over by Macrae. Campbell died in January 1947.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 18821889 
Item 2 of 4Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, EnglandBusinessAfter 1889Before 1910 
Item 3 of 4East Ham, London, EnglandBusinessAfter 1889Before 1910 
Item 4 of 4Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1910  

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 4Edinburgh Burgh Engineers Office/Edinburgh City Engineer's Department1882c. 1887Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh Burgh Engineers Office/Edinburgh City Engineer's Departmentc. 18871889Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Edinburgh Burgh Engineers Office/Edinburgh City Engineer's Department5 December 1910January 1920 Burgh Engineer
Item 4 of 4Edinburgh Corporation Housing DepartmentJanuary 19203 June 1926 Director of Housing

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 1Ion Victor Godfrey Hamilton WarnerSeptember 19191926AssistantIn Edinburgh Corporation Housing Department

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 41923Council housing, St Clair StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 41923Lochend Council HousingLochend EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 41924Council Housing, Sheriff BraeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 41925Council housing, RestalrigRestalrig EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Frew, John1994Concrete, cosmopolitanism and low-cost housing: the architectural career of A H Campbell, 1923-1926VArchitectural Heritage, pp29-38