Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gordon Alexander Smart
Born: 28 May 1913
Died: 8 November 1979
Bio Notes: Gordon Alexander Smart was born on 28 May 1913, the son of Gordon Smart, shoemaker and his wife Christina Mollie Mackie. He studied at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College from August 1932, receiving training in the office of Edwin L Williamson from that year until 1935. On receiving his diploma in June 1938 he obtained a position as assistant in the office of Jenkins & Marr. In March the following year he moved to London where he spent five months working for Joseph Emberton. He was admitted ARIBA on 4 June 1940, his proposers being R Leslie Rollo, John G Marr and James B Nicol. At that time he was working in the Architect's Office of the London Passenger Transport Board.

It was probably after the Second World War that he returned to Aberdeen, where he was taken into partnership in the Jenkins & Marr practice in 1946. He remained in that firm for the rest of his career. He was elected FRIAS in 1957.

Smart was elected as a vice-president of Aberdeen Society of Architects (along with J Galletley) in 1960. He was a representative of the Aberdeen chapter of the RIAS in 1964.

Smart died of a pulmonary embollism and emphysema at the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen on 8 November 1979. He was survived by his wife Mary Anderson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 318, Park Avenue, Hounslow, Middlesex, EnglandPrivate1940 *  
Item 2 of 338, Angusfield Avenue, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivatec. 19501979 
Item 3 of 33, Bon Accord Crescent, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  

* 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 5Edwin L WilliamsonAugust 1932June 1938Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Jenkins & MarrJune 1938March 1939Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Joseph EmbertonMarch 1939August 1939Assistant 
Item 4 of 5London Passenger Transport Board Architect's Office1939 or 1940Before 1946 role unclear
Item 5 of 5Jenkins & Marr19461979Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gibb Marr4 June 1940for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown Nicol4 June 1940for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo4 June 1940for 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 58 Aberdeen University Students' Union  AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 58 FactoryOgilvie AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 58 Old People's Home  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 58 SlaughterhouseBanchory Kincardineshire/AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 5 of 58 Thomson newspaper works and offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 58After 1945Aberdeen Savings Bank, branch offices  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 7 of 58After 1945Culter Paper MillsCulter AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 8 of 58After 1945Donside Paper Mills  AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 9 of 58After 1945Factory  AberdeenScotland 
Item 10 of 58After 1945Housing Scheme for the Burgh of BallaterBallater AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 11 of 58After 1945Housing scheme for the Burgh of KintoreKintore AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 12 of 58After 1945Union Bank of Scotland, branch offices  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 13 of 58After 1945University Club  AberdeenScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 14 of 58c. 1946Craig Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration after fire
Item 15 of 581960Housing for Local AuthorityBanchory Aberdeenshire/KincardineshireScotland 
Item 16 of 581960Wick redevelopment, including housingWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 17 of 58After 1960House for SpenceKintore AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 18 of 58After 1960House for WilsonBanchory Kincardineshire/AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 19 of 581965Culter Paper MillsCulter AberdeenshireScotlandFinishing mill (cost 75,000); reelstore; machine house.
Item 20 of 581965Donside Paper Mills  AberdeenshireScotlandFinishing and coating works (cost 400,000); Coating preparation works (cost 130,000).

Item 21 of 581965Royal Bank Offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 581965St Andrew's SchoolInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAddition
Item 23 of 581965Thomas Smith & Sons' Paper MillInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandPaper store, finishing house and machine house (cost 120,000).
Item 24 of 581966Aberdeen Savings Bank, Head Office  AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 581966British Linen Bank  AberdeenScotland 
Item 26 of 581966Offices and warehouse for William WilsonInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 27 of 581966Three slaughterhouses  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 28 of 581970sAbattoir for AJNM LtdBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 29 of 581970sAbattoir for AJNM LtdInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 30 of 581970sAbattoir for AJNM LtdBanchory KincardineshireScotland 
Item 31 of 581970sCutting building for Wiggins Teape  AberdeenScotland 
Item 32 of 581970sDepartment Store (House of Fraser rebuild of Arnott Simpson's Department Store)  GlasgowScotlandRenovations and management suite
Item 33 of 581970sDonside Paper Mills  AberdeenshireScotlandReel store, finishing house, coating buildings
Item 34 of 581970sHotelWick CaithnessScotlandRenovation
Item 35 of 581970sHousingHillhead CaithnessScotland 
Item 36 of 581970sMeat factoryTurriff AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 37 of 581970sMeat factory, cold store and blast freezerPortlethen KincardineshireScotland 
Item 38 of 581970sNewspaper Offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 581970sOffices for RHM Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 40 of 581970sOil base (main) for Total Oil Marine Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 41 of 581970sOld People's Home Broomhill Park AberdeenScotland 
Item 42 of 581970sSupermarketWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 43 of 581970sThomas Smith & Sons' Paper Mill, Machine House and boiler houseInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 44 of 581970sTourist officeWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 45 of 581970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & co Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 46 of 581970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co LtdInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 47 of 581970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co LtdElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 48 of 581970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co LtdArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 49 of 581970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co Ltd  DundeeScotland 
Item 50 of 581974Drumtochty CastleDrumtochty KincardineshireScotlandRestoration
Item 51 of 581975Police StationThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 52 of 58After 1975Abattoir for AJNM LtdBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 53 of 58Before 1975Culter Paper MillsCulter AberdeenshireScotlandOffices
Item 54 of 58Before 1975Development scheme for Gordon & Watson  AberdeenScotland 
Item 55 of 58Before 1975George Hotel for Scottish Brewers  AberdeenScotland 
Item 56 of 58Before 1975Plastics Factory for ACW Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 57 of 581978Antonine Sports CentreDuntocher DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 58 of 581978Total Oil Offices  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 6Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp92
Item 2 of 6Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 3 of 6RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 6RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder1 April 1960  'Aberdeen Society of Architects' p675

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7612 (combined box 196)