Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Farquharson Smith
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 August 1905
Died: 1 June 1980
Bio Notes: William Farquharson Smith was born on 28 August 1905, the son of George Smith, saw miller, and his wife, Marjory Farquharson. He was articled to Archibald Welsh of Kirkcaldy on 20 September 1921. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1925 he joined James G Falconer of Fort William as assistant, and a year later became assistant to George MacRitchie, who had also been in Falconer's firm. During this period he worked on business premises, hotels, and general housing projects. In 1931 he was appointed architectural assistant to the civil engineering firm of Carfrae & Morrison in Edinburgh, where he was mainly involved in surveys, preparation of feuing plans, housing work, water supply and sewage disposal for villages in the Lothians. He moved again in 1936 to join Walker & Duncan, civil engineers and architects of Aberdeen, with whom he worked on the design and construction of housing schemes, private country houses and Territorial Army buildings in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire. He was admitted LRIBA on 28 September 1943, without the need for proposers although his nomination papers do not explain why this was so. His employment at that time is unclear: the papers state that he had ceased working for Walker & Duncan in 1940, give a home address of 47 Strathmore Street, Kinghorn, and indicate that he was an 'assistant'. He was elected FRIAS in 1956.

Smith would appear to have worked as an architect with a firm of building contractors.

He died on 1 June 1980 at Methilhill House, Methil. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 22, Glamis Terrace, Kinghorn, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1980 
Item 2 of 247, Strathmore Street, Kinghorn, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1943 *After 1955 

* 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 5Archibald G Welsh20 September 19211925Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5James Grewar Falconer19251926Assistant 
Item 3 of 5George MacRitchie19261931Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Carfrae & Morrison19311936Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Walker & Duncan19361940Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5491 (combined box 83)