Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander John Macaskill Currell
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 November 1915
Died: 1 December 1962
Bio Notes: Alexander John Macaskill Currell was born c.1915 and educated at Falkirk High School. He was articled to Wilson & Tait of Grangemouth (latterly Wilson & Wilson) from 1933 to 1938, attending continuation classes under Stirling County Council in 1933-4 and enrolling at Glasgow School of Architecture in 1934. While at the GSA he won the Rutland Prize for Construction and Design in 1938. This enabled him to travel extensively in Germany, studying new forms of construction and their influence on design. He passed the final exam in July 1941 and was admitted ARIBA on 21 October that year, his proposers being Alastair Marshall McMichael, John Wilson and George D Macniven. By that date he was serving with the Royal Engineers and was commissioned lieutenant. He took part in the Normandy landings but was severely wounded and invalided out.

After the war Currell was appointed an architectural and planning assistant with Dumfries County Council, and set about qualifying as a town planner. He was admitted AMTPI in 1949, one year after being appointed Burgh Architect and Planning Officer for Falkirk, where he was largely responsible for Falkirk's Development Plan and wholly responsible for the Council's post-war housing estates.

Currell died at the early age of forty-seven on 1 December 1962.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1938 *  
Item 2 of 6Fort Knowe, Laurieston, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1941 *  
Item 3 of 6Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 19451948 
Item 4 of 6Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1948  
Item 5 of 6Anotdale, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 6 of 6Council Chambers, Falkirk, ScotlandBusiness1952 *  

* 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 2Wilson & Tait19331937Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Wilson & Wilson19371938Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Donaldson Macniven21 October 1941for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alastair Marshall McMichael21 October 1941for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson21 October 1941for Associateship

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 71951Tenements, Main StreetBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotlandNew tenements - Currell as Burgh Architect
Item 2 of 71953Dollar Park War MemorialFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandWorld War II memorial extensions to E and W - as Falkirk Burgh Architect
Item 3 of 71955Bog Road Housing SchemeFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 724 May 1957Housing, LangleesBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotlandaddress listed as Municipal Chambers, per Builder p973
Item 5 of 71959Westbank Hospital and ClinicFalkirk West Lothian As Falkirk Burgh Architect
Item 6 of 71960Crematorium, DorratorCamelon, Falkirk StirlingshireScotlandAs Burgh Architect
Item 7 of 71960Parish Church GatewayFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandas Burgh Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp115
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder31 October 1952  p640
Item 2 of 3Builder4 February 1955  p236
Item 3 of 3RIBA JournalFebruary 1963 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary by David Livingstone

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7908 (combined box 200)