Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Campbell MacKay |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||21 August 1908 |
|Died: ||15 September 2001 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Campbell MacKay was born in Alloa on 21 August 1908, the son of Peter Mackay, shipbuilder, and his wife, Jemima Campbell Meikle. Niether James nor either of his two brothers sought to carry on the family business. and studied at Glasgow School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College from September 1928 to June 1935, being exempted from the final exam. He entered the office of James Gavin Callander of Falkirk as assistant on 23 October 1935 and was still there when he was admitted ARIBA on 18 July 1938, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and another (whose signature is illegible). |
He moved to a post in the Ministry of Works office in Edinburgh but was promoted to the London office after a few years. He enjoyed the environment of pre-war London but he was forced to return to Edinburgh because of family reasons, his mother being very frail at the time. David Ross remembers him when he, Ross, worked as a new graduate in the Ministry in the mid-1950s.
During this period he assisted in a ministry scheme and gave up his annual leave to organise with JAck Coia a summer school for young students in San Gimignano. He also lent his car to assistst with travel expenses.
His RIBA membership was terminated in October 1977; the reason for this is unknown. However he remained in practice and lived in Falkirk at least until 1977.
Outwith his profession he had many interests, including vintage cars for which he organised various rallies. He was interested in the design of solid fuel stoves and devised many technical improvements which he patented. He was widely read in philosophy and religion and was a long-standing elder of his church. Though quiet and reserved by nature he was gregarious. He enjoyed musical nights at home and played the piano and banjo.
He continued to be a member of the RIAS until his death on 15 September 2001. He never married.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Aviemore, Hillock, Redding, Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland||Private||1938 *||After 1960|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIAS Chartered Architect||2001||v14, no9|| ||December issue- death note|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no6819 (combined box 162)|