Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Reekie Smith
Born: 13 December 1904
Died: 1962
Bio Notes: David Reekie Smith was born on 13 December 1904, the son of William Smith, drapery manager, and his wife Jane Reekie. He was articled to Robert J Walker of 108 Douglas Street, Glasgow in January 1919, studying at Glasgow High School and Glasgow School of Architecture. On completion of his apprenticeship in January 1924 he remained with Walker as a draughtsman, later becoming chief assistant. He received his certificate from the Glasgow School of Architecture in June 1930 and was taken into partnership by Walker in March 1931, the firm becoming R J Walker, Hardy & Smith; it is not clear whether it was at the same time that Thomas Charles Hardy was taken into partnership, or whether this had happened some years previously with no change of practice title. Smith passed the final exam in Edinburgh in December 1931 and was admitted ARIBA early the following year, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, John Watson and David Salmond.

Smith was still practising in the firm of R J Walker & Smith at 108 Douglas Street, Glasgow immediately after the Second World War. Smith was President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects from 1960-62. He died shortly after demitting office. His death was reported to the Council of the Institute on 12 September.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2108, Douglas Street, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1919After 1946 
Item 2 of 28, Hayburn Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1932 *  

* 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 5Robert James WalkerJanuary 1919January 1924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Robert James WalkerJanuary 1924Before 1931Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5Robert James WalkerAfter 1924March 1931Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5R J Walker, Hardy & Smithc. 19291939Partner 
Item 5 of 5R J Walker & Smith1946 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold HughesEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 3David SalmondEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonEarly 1932for 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 211933Buildings for British Bitumen EmulsionsShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 211933Royal Samaritan Hospital, radiological blockCoplawhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 211934Oil Works Factory for Messrs Hyn Highgate & CoPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 211934Royal Samaritan Hospital for Women, Agnes Barr Dispensary  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 211935St Gerard's Secondary SchoolGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 21193649-51 Cordwell RoadCordwell Bay, Greenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 211936Coatbridge Public Baths, swimming pool and clinicCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design - awarded second prize
Item 8 of 211937Victoria HospitalRothesayButeButeScotlandMaternity unit - if still working at the time
Item 9 of 211938Albert Hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 21194838-48 York Street  Glasgow Additions and alterations
Item 11 of 211965Erskine HospitalErskine Ferry RenfrewshireScotlandExtension - unclear if involved.
Item 12 of 211965Ist stage housingMilngavie GlasgowScotlandUnclear if involved
Item 13 of 211966Bunnahabhain Distillery IslayArgyllScotlandModernisation
Item 14 of 211966Lochend Secondary SchoolEasterhouse GlasgowScotlandMay not be involved?
Item 15 of 211966Office block for Edward Gibbons & Sons.Springfield GlasgowScotlandMay not be involved at this date.
Item 16 of 211967Bonded warehouseCampbelltown ArgyllScotlandProbably not involved.
Item 17 of 2119682nd and 3rd stage housing developmentMilngavie GlasgowScotlandProbably not involved
Item 18 of 211968Offices for A & P Stevens, lift manufacturer  GlasgowScotlandRebuilding after fire damage - perhaps not involved.
Item 19 of 211968St Columba's Secondary School  GlasgowScotlandExtensions (or perhaps new build?) - may not be involved.
Item 20 of 211968St Flannan's Primary SchoolKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandExtension- perhaps not involved
Item 21 of 211968St Gerard's Secondary SchoolGovan GlasgowScotlandExtensions - probably not involved


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Fiona SinclairInformation via DSA website  
Item 2 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4881 (box 41)