Basic Biographical Details

Name: William ('Bill') David Campbell
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 March 1929
Died: July 2013
Bio Notes: William ('Bill') David Campbell was born in India on 13 March 1929. He returned to Scotland when he was fiour years old and was raised by his maternal grandmother. He was educated at Dollar Academy where he Dux. He studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art and was elected ARIBA in 1953 and moved for a brief spell to Southern Rhodesia where he worked for Messrs Corrigall Crickmay & Partners. After completing National Service he returned to Edinburgh and had a post in Robert Matthew's practice. He was elected ARIAS in 1957 and later FRIAS.

In 1962 with Ian Arnott he formed the practice of Campbell & Arnott. It was initally based in Haddington where Campbell bought and restored Kinloch House. He lived on the top floors above the office. Ian Arnott recalls the early years as being 'rich, varied, chaotic and fun'. The practice moved to the New Town in Edinburgh in the later 1960s.

In the early 1970s Campbell studied for the degree of MSc in town planning at the University of Edinburgh. After completing this he worked in Leicester and Hampshire before returning to Scotland to join the Scottish Office Inquiry Reporters Unit. He worked on a number of oil related cases as well as listing and other architectural matters. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Reporter.

After his retirement Campbell became involved in a number of architecture-related bodies including The Royal Fine Art Commission, the Cockburn Association and The Saltire Society. As a person Campell was widely read with a great range of interests which included genealogy, travel, and botany.

He died in July 2013. Arnott describes him as 'an entertaining companion and a loyal friend'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 66, Hope Place, Levenhall, Musselburgh, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1950 *After 1960 
Item 2 of 6SANLAM Building, Baker Avenue, Salisbury, Southern RhodesiaBusiness1953  
Item 3 of 6Kinloch House, Market Street, Haddington, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1962After 1965 
Item 4 of 612, Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  
Item 5 of 6Albany Lane, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1979 *  
Item 6 of 6Gate-End, Stenton, Dunbar, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1987 *  

* 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 2Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)c. 1958c. 196OAssistant 
Item 2 of 2Campbell & Arnott1962 Partner 

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 21 Amalgamated Engineering Union HeadquartersPeckham LondonEngland 
Item 2 of 211958University of Aberdeen, Crombie Hall of Residence  AberdeenScotlandTook over lead role from Margaret Brown after her marriage.
Item 3 of 211960sHardgateHaddington East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 4 of 21c. 1960University of Aberdeen, Johnston Hall of Residence  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 211961Amisfield Mains development  East LothianScotland 
Item 6 of 211962Caird's Row HousingMusselburgh East Lothian  
Item 7 of 211962Kinloch HouseHaddington East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 8 of 211963Arnott HouseGifford East LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 211963Housing behind High Street, near Ross's CloseHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 10 of 211964Mitchell's CloseHaddington East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 11 of 21196710 CLASP schools   Scotland 
Item 12 of 211968Walker's of Leith Sawmill, officeRestalrig EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 211969Denny High SchoolDenny StirlingshireScotlandNE and NW additions
Item 14 of 21Late 1960sRoss's CloseHaddington East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 15 of 211980Kingsburgh Gardens HousingEast Linton East LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 211982Botanical Gardens, pavilionInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 211985Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 211985Lammermuir HouseDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 19 of 211987Dunbar Parish ChurchDunbar East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 20 of 211989Saltire Court  EdinburghScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 21 of 211990sEdinburgh Park business park  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp126
Item 2 of 7Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp238,239,241
Item 3 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 7RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1979RIBA Directory of Practices 1979   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2013SummerRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary by Ian Arnott.