Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander Cosmo Smith Auld |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||22 August 1888 |
|Died: ||1969 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander Cosmo Smith Auld was probably articled to David Sturrock in September 1903. His FRIBA Nomination paper states that from 1903-1911 he was a pupil and assistant in the office of Alexander Nisbet Paterson. On completing his apprenticeship he undertook 'decorative work' and 'general work' until 1914, and though not officially in private practice he nevertheless undertook some work. He studied at Glasgow School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College throughout these early years under 'the late Mon E Bourdon'. His war service from 1914 to 1919 included two years (1917-19) engaged on public works including extensions for military and naval premises, structural steelwork and reinforced concrete. |
He passed the qualifying exam in London in July 1919 but did not immediately apply for Associateship of the RIBA. From 1920-1922 he notes in his Fellowship Nomination Paper that he attended 'the first atelier of architecture (design)' in London. During these years he carried out 'general work in London: office, shop, warehouse etc', whilst employed as senior assistant in the practice of Gibson & Gordon. He was admitted late that year or early the next, his proposers being James Glen Sivewright Gibson, Walter Symington Athol Gordon, and Alexander Nisbet Paterson, who wrote in his supporting statement: 'during the years he was with me, from the promise he shewed in his work and from his high personal character I looked forward with confidence to his becoming a capable architect. That anticipation I have pleasure in knowing has been fully borne out by his subsequent career.'
In 1922 Auld moved to a post as senior assistant with Sir Herbert Baker in London where he was placed in charge of certain jobs. He entered a number of competitions during his later years with Baker though these remained as designs. These included Greenwich Baths, Worthing Town Hall, Scarborough Hospital and the pavilion at Eastbourne. He remained with Baker until 1935, transferring the following year to the Miners Wefare Commission in London where his Paper indicates he worked in the department of the Senior Architect. In about 1951 he would appear to have transferred to Scotland where he worked as deputy to Donald Jack who was in charge of the Scottish Division of the Committee which by that date had become the National Coal Board. In this post he worked on the design of pithead baths, medical centres, canteens and ancilliary buildings, institutes, baths, recreation grounds, pump cabins and rehabilitation centres. Auld was elected FRIBA on 17 June 1952, hsi proposers being Donald Jack, Thomas Waller Marwick, and John D Dempster.
He died in Maidstone in Kent in 1969, his death registered between July and September.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|24, Royal Circus, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1950 *||After 1957||Address of National Coal Board (Miners' Welfare Commission). |
|Sandyknowe, Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland||Private||1951 *|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|David Sturrock||1903||1909||Apprentice|| |
|Gibson & Gordon||c. 1920||After 1921||Assistant|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|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|
|England and Wales||Births, marriages and deaths|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no3266 (microfilm reel 25); F no4698 (Combined Box 30)|