Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter Leslie Aitken Williams
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 April 1922
Died: 12 September 2004
Bio Notes: Peter Leslie Aitken Williams was born on 9 April (or June?) 1922, the son of Leslie William Bernard Williams, engineer, and his wife Jessie Bain Aitken. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1940 to 194, at which point his studies were interrupted by war service. He returned in 1945 completing his degree in 1949 and being elected ARIBA in November of that year. He joined Wylie Shanks & Wylie as an assistant in 1951 and assumed into partnership by Wylie Shanks & Wylie in 1954. He was elected ARIAS in 1957, FRIAS in 1962 and FRIBA in 1963, his proposers being Ferderick Robert Wylie, George Ferguson Smellie Shanks and William McCrea. Between 1951 and 1963 he travelled widely in Europe and further afield: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria Italy, North Africa and Greece. He left Wylie Shanks in 1974 to work with Walter Underwood. He had retired by 1987.

Williams died on 12 September 2004 at his home in Millport, Cumbrae. He was survived by his wife Martha Heather Owen Downes.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 647, Marine Parade, Millport, Bute, ScotlandPrivate 2004 
Item 2 of 633, Cecil Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1948After 1954(?) 
Item 3 of 6Ruanaich, Cardross, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate1957 *  
Item 4 of 635, Saltoun Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1962  
Item 5 of 612/13, Clairmont Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1970 *  
Item 6 of 62, La Belle Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1979 *  

* 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 3Wylie, Shanks & Wylie1954Between October 1956 and April 1957Partner 
Item 2 of 3Wylie, Shanks & UnderwoodBetween October 1956 and April 19571960Partner 
Item 3 of 3Wylie Shanks & Partners19601974Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Eric Doig Ellison3 April 1968for Fellowship

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 431951Rolls Royce FactoryEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant with Wylie Shanks & Wylie (Nomination Paper)
Item 2 of 431954Glasgow Maternity Hospital  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 3 of 431954Killearn HospitalKillearn StirlingshireScotlandAlterations and extension to wards, labs and X-ray and operating theatres
Item 4 of 431954Scottish Industries Exhibition, 1954  GlasgowScotlandAs partner with Wylie Shanks & Wylie
Item 5 of 431955Trades House  GlasgowScotlandTimber ceiling in Hall inserted. Designer on project
Item 6 of 431957Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Pathology Department  GlasgowScotlandExtension and alterations
Item 7 of 431957Royal College of Science and Technology, James Weir Engineering Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 431957Scottish Industrial Estate, Euclid (Great Britain) Ltd, plant at NewhouseNewhouse LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 431959Scottish Industries Exhibition 1959  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 43Late 1950sGlasgow Western Infirmary, Radiotherapy Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 431960sEuclid/Terex factory   Luxembourg 
Item 12 of 431960sFactory for National Cash RegistersWester Gourdie AngusScotland 
Item 13 of 431960sFactory for Wrangler  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 431960sRolls Royce FactoryEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotlandCanteen added - as partner with Water Underwood?
Item 15 of 431960Stow College of Building and Printing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 431960Stow College of Building and Printing and Stow College of Commerce and Distributive Trades  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 17 of 43After 1960Partick, Hillhead and Maryhill Joint Hospital for Infectious Diseases  GlasgowScotlandChest clinic - with Peter Williams as partner in charge
Item 18 of 431961Factory for National Cash Registers  DundeeScotland 
Item 19 of 431961Motherwell and Wishaw Civic CentreMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design - won competition to secure job
Item 20 of 431962Office block for ColvillesMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 431962Warehouse for William Collins Sons & Co, Publishers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 431964Computer installations, NCR Ltd, Honeywell  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 23 of 431964Scottish Industries Exhibition 1964  GlasgowScotlandOverall design
Item 24 of 431965Glasgow Dental Hospital and School  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 25 of 431965Norwich Union Office Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 431967Central Depot, Upper Clyde Water Board  GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 431967Scottish Industrial Estate, Euclid (Great Britain) Ltd, plant at NewhouseNewhouse LanarkshireScotlandExtension
Item 28 of 431968Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotlandNew banking hall inserted - partner in charge with William Jardine
Item 29 of 43Early 1960sSafeway StoreBearsden GlasgowScotlandResponsible for design
Item 30 of 431960s or 1970sAdvance factory for SIECKirkconnel DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 31 of 431970sAdvance factory for SIECWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 32 of 431970sBank of England Branch Treasury   GlasgowEnglandResponsible for design of elevation
Item 33 of 431970sWestern Infirmary, Oncology Unit   Glasgow Extension
Item 34 of 431970General Motors FactoryMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 35 of 431970General Motors FactoryPeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 36 of 431970Glasgow Dental Hospital and School  GlasgowScotlandTeaching block
Item 37 of 431970Rolls Royce FactoryHillington GlasgowScotlandNew factory
Item 38 of 431970Water Department Headquarters  GlasgowScotlandWith W T Deveney, engineer.
Item 39 of 43After 1970Factory block for Industrial Estates Managment Corporation for Scotland  Dundee, AngusScotlandExtensions
Item 40 of 431977Factory for Levi Strauss UK Ltd  DundeeScotland 
Item 41 of 431981Fountain House, Woodside Crescent  GlasgowScotlandBuilding designed by Williams
Item 42 of 43Before 1981Fine Fare SupermarketBearsden DunbartonshireScotlandAs assistant but responsible for design
Item 43 of 431985Glasgow University Library and Hunterian Art Gallery  GlasgowScotlandExtension to library - responsible for design of elevations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp151
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp18, p178 Stow College of Distributive Trades, and Building and Printing
Item 3 of 6RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   
Item 6 of 6Wylie Shanks Architects2012Wylie Shanks Architects: a centenary retrospective 1912-2012   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder5 January 1962  p9-28

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership