Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Adam
Born: 22 December 1899
Died: 21 February 1985
Bio Notes: William Adam was born on 22 December 1899, the son of John Adam, insurance agent, and his wife Janet Grasson. He was articled to James Strang of Falkirk from 1914 to 1919, attending classes at the Falkirk Science & Art School. He remained with Strang as assistant after completing his apprenticeship, concurrently studying the Senior Certificate Course at the Glasgow School of Architecture. In 1924 he left Strang to become Chief Assistant Architect Engineer to Falkirk Town Council. He passed the RIBA final examination in Edinburgh in 1931. Towards the end of that year he was admitted ARIBA, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, Alexander Nisbet Malcolm and William James Smith. He remained in Falkirk until 1944 when he took the post of Lanarkshire Assistant County Housing Architect and Engineer.

Adam died at the Royal Infirmary in Falkirk aged 85 on 21 February 1985. His wife Jane McKenzie Ewing had predeceased him but he was sirvived by a son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Arnotdale, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1931 *  
Item 2 of 268, David's Loan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1931 *1985 

* 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 5James Strang19141919Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5James Strang19191922Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Strang & Wilson19221924Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Falkirk Town Council Architect's/Engineer's Department1924January 1944Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Lanark County CouncilJanuary 1944 Assistant ChiefAssistant County Housing Architect and Engineer.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold HughesLate 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Nisbet MalcolmLate 1931for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James SmithLate 1931for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Motherwell Times14 January 1944   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Rob CloseInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent November 2014
Item 2 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4713 (combined box 31)