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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Laing
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 July 1871(?)
Bio Notes: William Laing was born in Caithness, probably born on 1 July 1871, the son of James Laing and his wife Isabella Harper. He was educated at Thurso Academy. In 1893 he 'entered the architectural profession in the office of the well-known firm of Sydney Mitchell & Wilson' probably beginning his articles there. He then worked for seven years as an assistant to Andrew Grainger Heiton in Perth. From Perth he went to Liverpool and spent one year in the office of E P Hynde. Thereafter he went to London where he spent nearly three years in the structural engineering department of one of the largest contractors and engineers in London. This provided him with experience in steel engineering.

Laing emigrated to Canada and joined the practice of W Wallace Blair in Winnipeg, moving to Lethbridge as an assistant to Mr James A Macdonald. In 1910 he moved again, this time to Calgary and opened a branch office for James Macdonald. In the following year he was admitted to the Alberta Architects Association. He then entered business on his own account. In March of the same year he formed an association with Mr Smyth and they practised as Laing & Smythe with an office at 210 Beveridge Building. The practice prospered and they became well-known in the Calgary area.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1890s  
Item 2 of 7Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1893  
Item 3 of 7Winnipeg, CanadaBusiness1900s  
Item 4 of 7Lethbridge, CanadaBusiness1900s  
Item 5 of 7Calgary, Alberta, CanadaBusiness1910  
Item 6 of 7Liverpool, EnglandBusinessBefore 1910  
Item 7 of 7London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1910  

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 3Arthur George Sydney Mitchell1893 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Andrew Granger Heiton (or Andrew H Heiton Granger)After 1893 ApprenticePerhaps assistant?
Item 3 of 3E P Hynde1900s Assistant 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Calgary News-Telegram23 June 1913  p1 (per Harry Sanders, Calgary)


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