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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Marshall Torrance Samuel
Designation: Architect, Town Planner
Born: 25 November 1929
Died: 2 October 2015
Bio Notes: Ian Marshall Torrance Samuel was born on 25 November 1929 at Campview, Newtongrange, the son of Andrew Scott Samuel, draper, and his wife Agnes Marshall who had married in Edinburgh in 1924. From 1946-53 he studied architecture and town planning at Edinburgh College of Art, working during the years 1946-1950 as an apprentice with Midlothian County Council Architect's Department. In 1951 he was awarded first prize in the Open National Ships Cabin Competition and the following year reached the final stages in the Victory Scholarship Competition and was awarded the Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship for post graduate studies. He was elected ARIBA in 1952 and in December 1953 was awarded diplomas in architecture and town planning. Another Andrew Grant Scholarship followed in 1953 with which he studied urban design in Europe. The following year he took a post as assistant architect with Sir Frank Mears & Partners where he remained for a few months.

In 1956 he moved to London to a position as architect/planner with the London County Council Planning Division but returned to Scotland the following year to a similar post with Glasgow Corporation Planning Department where he worked on a range of projects including redevelopment proposals for parts of Glasgow. In 1959 he moved to Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (which became Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall & Partners in 1961). Samuel was invited to become an associate partner in 1972, remaining with the practice until 1978. For two years thereafter he worked as an architect with Anchor Building Design Services but transferred to Hugh Martin & Partners in 1980. The last eleven years of his career were spent as architect/planner in the Planning Department of Glasgow City Council in which post he was involved with conservation services and listed building repair work as well as grant aid scheme management.

Samuel died on 2 October 2015.

Publications etc:
'North Berwick Survey report' (unpublished), 1953
'Trossachs Survey' (unpublished), 1953
'Glasgow Revealed: a Celebration of Glasgow's Architectural carving and Sculpture', 1988 (joint author with Harry Teggin)
Newtongrange: Portrait of a Model Village (in progress 2012)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, town planner:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 111, Comely Bank, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, town planner (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9Midlothian County Council Architect's Department19461950Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9(Sir) Frank Mears & Partners19541954Assistant Architect 
Item 3 of 9London County Council Town Planning Department (LCC Town Planning' Department)19561957Architect/Planner 
Item 4 of 9Glasgow City Planning Department19571959Architect/Planner 
Item 5 of 9Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)19591961ArchitectArchitect/planner
Item 6 of 9Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)1961After 1974ArchitectArchitect/planner and from 1972 Associate Partner
Item 7 of 9Anchor Building Design Services19781980Architect 
Item 8 of 9Hugh Martin & Partners19801983Architect 
Item 9 of 9Glasgow City Planning Department19831994Architect 

Buildings and Designs

This architect, town planner 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 451949Dalkeith Union PoorhouseDalkeith MidlothianScotlandMeasured drawings - as apprentice architect
Item 2 of 451949Inveresk Union PoorhouseInveresk MidlothianScotlandMeasured drawing - as apprentice architect
Item 3 of 451951National competition for design of a ships cabin    First prize
Item 4 of 451954Housing and Coronation Clock Tower, John StreetPenicuik MidlothianScotlandAs assistant architect
Item 5 of 451954Maxton CourtDalkeith MidlothianScotlandAs assistant architect
Item 6 of 451956Redvelopment in north west parts of the city  LondonEnglandProposals
Item 7 of 451957Small factories and workshopsHutchesontown GlasgowScotlandAs architect/planner with Glasgow City Planning Department
Item 8 of 451959204 houses in high flats and terracesRoyston GlasgowScotlandAs architect/planner with City Planning Department
Item 9 of 451960sBarshare Housing and comprehensive town planCumnock and Holmhead Burgh AyrshireScotlandIn Kenneth Graham's team involved in four housing projects in Cumnock
Item 10 of 451960441 Corporation houses, Springburn CDA Area A Springburn GlasgowScotlandAs architect with RMJM
Item 11 of 451963Housing, BarrhillCumnock AyrshireScotlandInvolved in four housing projects in Cumnock but unclear if this is one of them.
Item 12 of 451963Wheatsheaf HotelSwinton BerwickshireScotlandAlterations - as architect with RMJM
Item 13 of 451964(?)Midlothian County Council Buildings  EdinburghScotlandFor Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners. Working in Kenneth Graham's team.
Item 14 of 451964Redland House competition    Submitted competition entry
Item 15 of 451966University of Stirling, Pathfoot Building  StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 451968Scotstoun Park housingSouth Queensferry West LothianScotlandWorking in Kenneth Graham's team
Item 17 of 451970Burrell Collection  GlasgowScotlandSubmitted competition design
Item 18 of 451971British Home Stores  AberdeenScotlandRedevelopment - working in Kenneth Graham's team. Gives 1968 as the start date.
Item 19 of 451971British Home Stores, Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandExtensions - architect in charge
Item 20 of 451971Market, 8-10 Market Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 21 of 45197248 houses, Holmhead RoadCumnock Road AyrshireScotlandLayout and design proposals
Item 22 of 451972Glaisnock Railway ViaductCumnock AyrshireScotlandRestoration for pedestrian use
Item 23 of 451972Glaisnock Shopping CentreCumnock AyrshireScotlandAs associate partner - in Kenneth Graham's team
Item 24 of 451972Landscape planCumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 25 of 451972Opera House site  EdinburghScotlandScheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 26 of 451976Sports Centre  SharjahUnited Arab EmiratesAs associate partner
Item 27 of 451976Telford Town CentreTelford ShropshireEnglandCompetition design submitted
Item 28 of 451976Valleyfield Paper MillsPenicuik MidlothianScotlandRe-use - as associate partner
Item 29 of 451977Industrialised Building Project (IBP) housing projectGurgi Tripoli (near)LibyaGround works and hard landscape proposals - as associate partner
Item 30 of 451977Land reclamation studyNewtongrange MidlothianScotlandReport for industrial estate at Lady Victoria Colliery
Item 31 of 451977Large industrial estateMonklands LanarkshireScotlandReport - as associate partner
Item 32 of 451978Anchor InnCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandAs architect with Anchor Building Design Services
Item 33 of 451978Prefabricated hotel Sanaa  YemenAs architect with Anchor Building Design Services
Item 34 of 45197951 private housesErrol PerthshireScotlandAs architect with Anchor Building Design Services
Item 35 of 451979Modular factory-built timber chalets   England 
Item 36 of 451979Quay HotelPoole DorsetEngland 
Item 37 of 451980Eastgate Shopping CentreInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs assistant architect
Item 38 of 451980Troon House, 193-201 St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 451982Britoil Building, St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 451984MacLeod Centre IonaArgyllScotlandCompeition design submitted
Item 41 of 451989Glasgow Christmas Lights competition   GlasgowScotlandSubmission entitled 'Realms of Glory' - Joint winner
Item 42 of 451989Sueno's Stone enclosureForres MorayshireScotlandCompetition design for enclosure
Item 43 of 451989Town Square competitionKelso RoxburghshireScotlandCompetition design submitted
Item 44 of 451989Waverley Challenge   EdinburghScotlandSubmitted competition design under title 'Waverley Gardens'
Item 45 of 451992Glasgow Tower competition  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design submitted under title 'Statue of Fraternity'


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, town planner:
Item 1 of 1Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp25 Midlothian County Buildings

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, town planner:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Architect and Building News7 February 1952  pp162-3
Item 2 of 7Architects Journal7 February 1952  p174
Item 3 of 7Architects Journal14 February 1952  pp212-213
Item 4 of 7Builder8 February 1952  p213
Item 5 of 7Design Magazine (or Journal?)March 195239 p22
Item 6 of 7Scotsman30 February 1952   
Item 7 of 7Shipbuilding and Shipping Record7 February 1952  p170-171

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, town planner:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Ian M T SamuelInformation sent to Yvonne Hillyard March 2012  
Item 2 of 2Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   


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