Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Arthur Smith Cormack
Born: 27 March 1901
Died: c. 1982(?)
Bio Notes: William Arthur Smith Cormack was born on 27 March 1901 and was articled to George Bennett Mitchell, studying at the Architecture Department of Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. He was awarded the Byre Scholarship (50) in June 1925 and received a travelling scholarship (120) in June 1928, gaining his post-diploma that month and passing the RIBA qualifying exam the following month. He was admitted ARIBA around the end of 1928, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson Junior, John Alexander Ogg Allan and John Ross McMillan. At that time he was living at Braemoray, Lossiemouth. In 1930 he was Neala Bursar.

By 1939-40 he had taken a teaching post in the Department of Architecture & Building, Essex Technical College, Walthamstow, London. By the mid-1950s his address is given as HM Inspector, Ministry of Education, initially in Bath and later in Harrogate.

He retired from the RIBA in 1962 but when he moved to a smaller house in Aberdeen in the early 1970s enquired if he would need to rejoin the Institute in order to draw up plans for an extension to the house. There is no record of whether he rejoined. He moved to Gatehouse-of Fleet at some point in the early 1970s. He died c.1982.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Braemoray, Lossiemouth, Morayshire, ScotlandPrivate1928 *  
Item 2 of 4Dept of Architecture & Building, Essex Technical C, Walthamstow, London, EnglandBusiness1939  
Item 3 of 420, Braehead Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivatec. 1972 *  
Item 4 of 4Girthon Old Manse, Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Kirkcubrightshire, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1970s *  

* 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 1George Bennett Mitchell1923(?)1928Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg AllanLate 1900sfor Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McMillanLate 1900sfor Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)Late 1900sfor Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4235 (combined box 2)
Item 2 of 2School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James