Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Hugh Alexander MacCallum (Professor)
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 June 1935
Died: 15 September 2013
Bio Notes: Charles Hugh Alexander MacCallum was born in Glasgow on 24 June 1935. He was educated at Hutchesons' Boys Grammar School and studied architecture at Glasgow School of Art and was elected ARIBA in 1961. He worked in the practice of Gillespie Kidd & Coia from 1957 to 1967. From a young age he was a Francophile and in 19** he married a Frenchwoman, Andrée Tonnard, whom he had met as a young student in Glasgow in the early 1960s.

MacCallum won a fellowship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was awarded a Master’s degree in City Planning there in 1969. After completing his degree he returned to the United Kingdom and in 1970 he was recruited by Andy MacMillan whom he had met and with whom he had become friendly in the Gillespie Kidd & Coia practice to be a lecturer at the newly revitalised School of Architecture in University College, Dublin. Initially part-time, from 1973-74 he was executive director of the School there. In the latter year he opened his own practice in Oxford. His work in Oxford over the years included student housing, college libraries and private houses. In 1984 he was appointed Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Wales in Cardiff. In 1991 he was commissaire of the bicentenary exhibition on Louis Visconti. He was widely recognised as an expert on the work of Visconti.

In 1994 he returned to Scotland to take up the post of head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture at the University of Glasgow. During his time at the School he was credited with bringing increased academic rigour to the more practical approach for which the Mackintosh School was then known. He retired in 2000 becoming Emeritus Professor, University of Glasgow. He was dedicated teacher and was much respected by his students but he ‘wore his professional status lightly’. In the RIBA directory of 1994 he is listed as practising from his home address in Oxford.

After retirement MacCallum returned to Oxford with his family where he continued to work and spend time researching and writing in the Bodleian Library. From 2000 he was a Committee member and UK representative on the Franco-British Union of Architects, assisting with the scholarship exchange programme for French and British architects. From the year 2000 he also acted as consultant to the new Scots Kirk in Paris which opened in 2000. He was particularly proud of this achievement. In 2003 he was awarded the Silver Medal by the Academie d’Architecture in Paris.

Outwith his career he was a keen gardener and watercolourist.

MacCallum died on 15 September 2013 in Oxford, survived by his widow, his two daughters (one of whom had married a descendant of Louis Visconti) and five grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 342, Norham Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960  
Item 2 of 311, Kirklea Circus, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1965After 1970 
Item 3 of 311a, Chalbury, Oxford, EnglandPrivate1979After 1994 

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 1Gillespie Kidd & Coia19571967Architect 

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 41960Kildrum Primary SchoolCumbernauld LanarkshireScotlandAs architect with Gillespie Kidd & Coia
Item 2 of 41960St Mary of the Angels RC ChurchCamelon, Falkirk StirlingshireScotlandAs architect with Gillespie Kidd & Coia
Item 3 of 41963St Bride's RC ChurchEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotlandAs architect with Gillespie Kidd & Coia
Item 4 of 41963University of Hull, halls of residenceHull YorkshireEnglandAs architect with Gillespie Kidd & Coia


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 2 of 6RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS Quarterly2013 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Winter edition
Item 2 of 2Scotsman27 September 2013