Basic Biographical Details

Name: William George Cowie
Born: 2 December 1941
Died: December 2018
Bio Notes: Wiliam George Cowie (generally known as Bill)studied at the School of Architecture in Aberdeen and was elected ARIBA in 1972. In the early 1970s he worked in the Aberdeen office of the practice of Baxter Clark & Paul. He remained in Aberdeen and formed a partnership with Matthew W Merchant as Datum Design. This closed in about 1978 leaving William Cowie to practise independently as William G Cowie Architects. In 1986 he took Harry McNab into partnership, the name of the firm becoming the William Cowie Partnership. He was still in practice under this name in 1994.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 56, Albyn Lane, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness  Later 6 and 7 Albyn Lane
Item 2 of 542, Garden Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1979 Business address of Datum Design
Item 3 of 5Kirkside, Westside, Skene, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1970s  
Item 4 of 536, Bon Accord Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1984  
Item 5 of 5Allardice Castle, Inverbervie (near), Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1990s  

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 4William G Cowie ArchitectsAfter 1978 Partner 
Item 2 of 4Baxter Clark & PaulEarly 1970s Architect 
Item 3 of 4Datum Design AssociatesMid 1970s Partner 
Item 4 of 4The William Cowie Partnership1986 Partner 

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 301970sCarnousie CastleTurriff AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 2 of 301970sFlats housing and offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 301970sOffices and shops for Owlcastle Ltd  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 4 of 301970sPowrie Castle  DundeeScotlandRestoration
Item 5 of 301970sSheraton Hotel  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 301975Harthill CastleHarthill AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 7 of 30After 1975Restaurant and bar complex  Aberdeen Scotland 
Item 8 of 30After 1975School unit for handicapped childrenBieldside AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 9 of 30c. 1975Banchory HotelBanchory KincardineshireScotland 
Item 10 of 30c. 1975Bistro for H Mitchell  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 30c. 1975Coopers Bar  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 30c. 1975Flats, Clifton House  Aberdeen|GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 30c. 1975Flats, Forest Avenue  AberdeenScotland 
Item 14 of 30c. 1975Flats, Fountainhall Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 30c. 1975House units for handicapped childrenBieldside AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 16 of 30c. 1975Murtle Mill restaurantBieldside AberdeenshireScotlandConversion to restaurant
Item 17 of 30c. 1975Norwood  AberdeenScotlandAlterations? Additions?
Item 18 of 30c. 1975Offshore oilmen's clubSumburghMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 19 of 30c. 1975Public HousePortlethen KincardineshireScotland 
Item 20 of 30c. 1975Public HouseBalgownie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 30c. 1975Runway InnDyce AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 22 of 30c. 1975The Pibroch restautant  AberdeenScotland 
Item 23 of 30c. 1975The Pizzeria  AberdeenScotland 
Item 24 of 30c. 1975The Prospect restaurant  AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 301978Pitfichie CastleMonymusk AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 26 of 30Late 1970sTowie Barclay Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 27 of 301980sFindrack HouseLumphanan AberdeenshireScotland2-storey glass bay opened up.
Item 28 of 30Before 1981Country squash club and sports complex  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 29 of 301983Terpersie Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 30 of 301990sAllardice CastleInverbervie (near) KincardineshireScotlandRestoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Mark DellInformation sent via DSA website Sent July 2009
Item 2 of 2School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James