Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Adamson Smith
Born: 18 October 1932
Bio Notes: Charles Adamson Smith was born on 18 Ocotber 1932. He studied architecture at Glasgow School of Art and was admitted ARIBA in 1958 (and ARIAS in 1962). From June 1957 to June 1958 he had a post as assistant to the architect in charge at the Distillers’ Company. He was responsible for the preparation of drawings for Booth’s Distillery in London.

He joined the practice John B Wingate & Partners in July 1958 and became a partner on 9 May 1961. In his statement Wingate notes that Smith had a 'wide range of responsibilities' and that he had a 'very good design ability and an excellent knowledge of building construction'. He was responsible for carrying out for the design and working drawings on various projects as well as supervising a number of contracts for a range of different types of buildings, for example swimming baths, office blocks, licensed premises and Local Authority work. Later he was in charge of two different Local Authority developments, one being a multi-storey housing development which was under construction in 1969 (worth £3,250,000) and another much larger comprehensive development (worth £13m) for which drawings were being prepared at the time he applied for Fellowship of the RIBA in 1969. He was proposed by John Basden Wingate, John Joseph Gardner Maxwell and William Morris Condie.

Within the office Smith was the partner responsible for developing a high-rise housing system for a firm of national builders which had its head office in London.

By 1994 he is listed in RIBA directories as an employee of the Premier Design Group, Unit 3, Woodliee Industrial Estate, Woodliee Road, Kirkintilloch.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Lesmont, Garngaber Avenue, Lenzie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1962 *After 1970(?) 
Item 2 of 265, Renfield Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1969 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Distillers Company Ltd, Architects DepartmentJune 1957June 1958Assistant 
Item 2 of 3John B Wingate & PartnersJuly 1958 Architect 
Item 3 of 3John B Wingate & Partners5 May 1961 *After 1984Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Edward Morris Condie11 October 1969For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3John Joseph Gardner Maxwell1 October 1969For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3John Basden Wingate1 October 1969For Fellowship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 47June 1957Premises For Booth's Distillery  LondonEnglandAssisted partner in charge with preparation of working drawings
Item 2 of 47June 1957Premises for the Distillers Company  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to architect in charge
Item 3 of 471960sArgos House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 471960sCortamie   Scotland 
Item 5 of 471960sDrymen HouseDrymen StirlingshireScotland 
Item 6 of 471960sHouse for Mrs ArendKilmacolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 471960sLeabank Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 471960sMansion House, Inchfad IslandLoch LomondInchfadDunbartonshireScotland 
Item 9 of 471960sShopping development  DundeeScotland 
Item 10 of 471960sSwimming poolBonnyrigg MidlothianScotlandProject architect
Item 11 of 471960sSwimming poolLanark LanarkshireScotlandProject architect
Item 12 of 471960sThe Admiral Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 471960sThe Cloak   Scotland 
Item 14 of 471960sThe Elephant & Bugle Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 471960sThe Ferry Boat Public House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 471960sThe Rock Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 471960sThe Smugglers Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 471960sThorntonhall  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 471960sWaverley Inn  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 471960sWhistlefield  Dunbartonshire|ArgyllScotland 
Item 21 of 471960sWynford Shopping development  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 471961'Super' Swimming Pool of International TypeMontrose AngusScotlandProject architect
Item 23 of 4719666 tower blocks, Scaraway Street/Castlebay Drive, Milton Housing SchemeMilton GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 471969Development for the Corporation of Glasgow with houses, schools, shopping centre, old people's  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 25 of 47Early 1960sSwimming poolElgin MorayshireScotlandProject architect
Item 26 of 47Early 1960sSwimming Pool, Woodhead ParkKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandProject architect
Item 27 of 47Late 1960sLicensed premises for Watney-Mann   ScotlandPartner in charge
Item 28 of 47Before 1975Burnbank Leisure CentreHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 29 of 47Before 1975Campbeltown Swimming PoolCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 30 of 47Before 1975Flat conversionsRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandConversions
Item 31 of 47Before 1975House for Grampian Properties   Scotland 
Item 32 of 47Before 1975HousingRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 33 of 47Before 1975HousingCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 34 of 47Before 1975Housing, Summerston  GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 47Before 1975Licensed premises for Dryboroughs  GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 47Before 1975Licensed premises for Stakis Holdings  GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 47Before 1975Sports ComplexTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 38 of 47Before 1975Supermarket, BurnbankHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 39 of 471976Swimming pool Helensburgh Dunbartonshire/ArgyllScotland 
Item 40 of 471980Infill building, Saltmarket  GlasgowScotland 
Item 41 of 47c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenement with shops, Saltmarket  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 42 of 47c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 43 of 47c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket and Steel Street  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 44 of 47c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket, Jocelyn Square, Bridgegate etc  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 45 of 47c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket, Parnie Street and Chisholm Street  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 46 of 47c. 1980Tenements, SaltmarketSaltmarket GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 47 of 471990sAberdeen Journal offices  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no 6885 (combined Box 164)