Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Hill Smith
Born: 24 October 1912
Died: 24 October 1995
Bio Notes: William Hill Smith was born on 24 October 1912, the son of James Smith, posting master and his wife Agnes Stewart Hill. From 1928 to 1933 he was articled to Allan Stevenson Mair & Cassels in Ayr. During this period he attended classes at Ayr Academy taking the technical course in architecture and building construction. From March 1933 to June 1935 he took the complete architecture course through the International Correspondence School. After the completion of his articles he stayed with the same practice, by then Allan Stevenson & Cassels, as assistant. From February 1936 he had a post as senior assistant with the Chief Engineer (Scotland) of LMS.

He was admitted LRIBA in 1948, proposed by Gavifn Lonnox, Frank Burnet and William McLena, secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

In 1950 his address was 85 Briarhill Road, Prestwick. He was still in Prestwick in the early 1960s though at a different address. He does not appear in the Directory for 1970.

He died of cancer at the Ayr Hospital on 24 October 1995. He was survived by his wife Annie Aitken Rankin and at least one daughter, Nan Surgenot.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 316, Sandford Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate 1995 
Item 2 of 385, Briarhill Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 3Moorgate/23, Whitehall Avenue, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1964  

* 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 3Allan Stevenson, Mair & Cassels1 October 19281 October 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Allan Stevenson & Cassels1 October 19331 February 1936Assistant 
Item 3 of 3London Midland and Scottish Railway Company1 February 1936After 1948Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Frank Burnet22 June 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Gavin Lennox22 June 1948For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no6295 (Combined Box 130)