Basic Biographical Details

Name: James G Aitchison & Son
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Before 1940
Ended: After 1980
Bio Notes: James Gray Aitchison died in 1934 but his practice appears to have been continued or revived by his son Robert, born on 29 December 1914, as it was listed as James G Aitchison & Son by 1940.

Robert had taken the diploma course at the School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art from September 1933, with day classes for four years and evening classes for two years. During the summer months and for a short time before commencing the course at Glasgow School of Art he had worked in his father's practice. He had also gained experience in a variety of other offices while he was studying. From September 1938 until January the following year he was with Gavin Paterson & Son; from January to April 1939 he was with the LMS Railway Company's Engineers' Department; and from April to September 1939 he worked with C J McNair & Elder.

In May 1939 he completed the diploma course but the war intervened. Nevertheless, he must have taken on some responsibility for the family practice, as it was known as James G Aitchison & Son by 1940. He finally took the Professional Practice exams in July 1946. He was admitted ARIBA in December of that year, his proposers being William McCrea, Jack Coia and William James Smith.

His address is given as being in Edinburgh by 1950, by which time he was married to Janet McKay Bridges. The practice continued though in a reduced form.

From 1951 until 1969 Aitchison worked for Thomas Smith, Gibb & Pate. After the death of Thomas Gibb in the latter year, Aitchison worked for Hamilton Burgh, filling the role of Deputy Architect, if not actually named as such and remaining in this post for 11 years. He kept the family practice going in a small way throughout. He was based in Alexandria in the early 1960s but was living in Coatbridge by 1970 and moved to Bothwell by 1979.

The practice was revived in the late 1970s or early 1980s when his son, another James Gray Aitchison, joined the firm. This James Gray Aitchison had been born at 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh on 4 September 1948 and studied at the University of Strathclyde, graduating BArch. He was elected ARIBA in 1974.

Robert Aitchison retired in Spring 1980, but continued as a consultant. At that time the practice was based in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

Robert Aitchison died in February 2010.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 475, Main Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  
Item 2 of 419, West Main Street, Broxburn, West Lothian, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  
Item 3 of 4The Poultry, Bothwell Castle, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1980s *  
Item 4 of 415, Dunbeth Avenue, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1980 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Robert AitchisonBefore 1940After 198PartnerContinued his father's practice on a small scale in early years; the practice expanded again in the 1980s
Item 2 of 2James Gray Aitchison1980s * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 2 of 2RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980