Basic Biographical Details

Name: Stephen Welsh
Born: 5 April 1892
Died: 1976
Bio Notes: Stephen Welsh was born on 5 April 1892 in Forfar and served his articles there with the firm of Gavin & Soutar from 1908. In 1912 he moved to Glasgow to work as assistant to George Arthur Boswell, enabling him to study at the Glasgow School of Architecture under Eugène Bourdon. Between then and 1915 he worked as assistant in the offices of Stewart & Paterson in Glasgow, William Curtis Green in London and Mills & Shepherd in Dundee. The dates of each of these appointments remain unclear.

Welsh served in the armed forces for four years during the First World War and on his return in 1919 he resumed his studies and enrolled as a student at Liverpool School of Architecture under Charles Reilly. Whilst there he was admitted ARIBA in 1921, his proposers being William Brown Whitie, John Watson, and Reilly, who wrote of him in his supporting statement: 'although I have only known him a year while he has been in the School of Architecture at Liverpool I have formed a very high opinion of his work and character. Out of 150 students he is one of the first two or three. I expect a great career for him.' In the same year he spent five months travelling in the USA, spending the summer vacation with Carrere & Hastings.

On completing the course at Liverpool in 1922 he went to the British School at Rome as Rome Scholar, remaining there until 1925 and using his spare time to tour Italy, Sicily, Greece, France and the Near East. His notes on and drawings of the restoration of the Porto di Ripetta in Rome were printed in the 'Town Planning Review' in December 1927.

In 1925-26 Welsh worked briefly for W Curtis Green. He spent the year travelling in Canada and the USA with the aid of a bursary given by Sir Joseph Duveen during which period he worked for a time in the office of Duveen's architect John Russell Pope. He then commenced practice on his own account in Forfar but in 1927-28 he taught at the Liverpool School of Architecture in charge of the 5th and 6th year students. In the latter year he moved to Sheffield to take up a position as Head of the Department of Architecture at Sheffield University, becoming a Professor in 1948 but continuing to practise from his home address. He was admitted FRIBA on 5 March 1934, his proposers being John Lancashire, Edward Mitchel Gibbs and Charles Matthew Hadfield, all of Sheffield.

Welsh died in 1976.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 554, Yeaman Street, Forfar, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1920 *  
Item 2 of 5Forfar, Angus, ScotlandBusiness19261928 
Item 3 of 5Liverpool School of Architecture, Liverpool, EnglandBusiness19271928 
Item 4 of 5The University, Sheffield, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1928After 1934 
Item 5 of 517, Taptonville Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate/business1934 *  

* 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 7Gavin & Soutar19081912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Mills & ShepherdAfter 1912Before 1915Assistant 
Item 3 of 7George Arthur Boswell1912 or 19131914AssistantDate unclear on Associateship paper
Item 4 of 7Stewart & Paterson19141915Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Carrere & Hastings (Carrère & Hastings)1921 Assistant 
Item 6 of 7William Curtis Green19251926Assistant 
Item 7 of 7John Russell Pope1926 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Edward Mitchel Gibbs5 March 1934for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Charles Matthew Ellison Hadfield5 March 1934for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6John Lancashire5 March 1934for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6(Sir) Charles Herbert ReillyJanuary 1921For Associateship
Item 5 of 6John WatsonJanuary 1921For Associateship
Item 6 of 6William Brown WhitieJanuary 1921For Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William Lambie Clunie9 December 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Richard Houston Dewar3 October 1953for Associateship

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 1c. 1950Reid HallForfar AngusScotlandRebuilding following fire.


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly1922no2Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Summer - CHECK for further info and page no etc.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3British Architectural LibraryWelsh Archive  
Item 2 of 3British School at RomeWelsh Archive  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 3187 (microfilm reel 25) ; F no3193 (box 18)