Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas Gordon McKellar Adam
Born: 30 June 1924
Died: 11 November 1971
Bio Notes: Douglas Gordon McKellar Adam was born on 13 June 1924, the son of Alfred McKellar Adam, secretarial clerk, and his wife Margaret Orr Webster. He studied architecture at Glasgow School of Art from 1941-43 but his studies were interrpted by the Second World War during which he served with the Royal Navy. He returned to the School of Art in 1946 and completed the course in 1950. During his student years he worked as an assistant with Wylie Shanks & Wylie. He was awarded the diploma in June 1950 and was elected ARIBA on 12 December, his proposers being Edward Greig Wylie, George Ferguson Smellie Shanks and Frederick Robert Wylie.

After qualification he remained with Wylie Shanks & Wylie for a further year but transferred to Thomas S Cordiner's firm in 1951. In 1952 he moved again, this time to a post as senior assistant architect with the Education Section in Glasgow Corporation Architect's Department. The years 1955 to 1960 where spent in a similar position with the County Architect's Department, Fife County Council. From 1960-61 he was principal assistant architect with Western Regional Hospital Board and from 1962 until 1970 he worked as Assistant Regional Architect with the Board. The office of the Board was based at 351 Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. His home address was in Dunblane.

In 1970 he was elected FRIBA, proposed by Thomas David Williams Astorga, Richard Rudolph Chitham De'Ath and Thomas Russell Scott. As Assistant Regional Architect he was directly responsible to the Regional Architect for all development planning on hospital projects. He was also responsible for feasibility study aspects in the office and the day to day cover of hospitals in the region. He also co-ordinated the design team with the architects on the staff and in those in private practice from the beginning of a project until the end. In his statement supporting Adam's application to become a Fellow of the RIBA, Thomas Astorga wrote that Adam was currently involved with the planning of Glasgow Royal Infirmary and had been liaising with Spence Glover & Fergsuon in the development and sketch plan stages. The project was due to go on site in 1973.

Adam died from injuries sustained in a road traffic accident on 11 November 1971. He was survived by his wife Eunice McKechnie and his son Craig.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 413, Garrioch Quadrant, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1924 Place of birth
Item 2 of 442, Polwarth Gardens, Hyndland, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19521955 
Item 3 of 4Deckar, Ashlar Park, Cupar, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1957 *1961 
Item 4 of 4Deckar, Ochlochy Park, Dunblane, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1961After 1970 

* 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 7Wylie, Shanks & Wylie19411943Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Wylie, Shanks & Wylie19501951Assistant Architect 
Item 3 of 7Thomas Smith Cordiner19511952Assistant Architect 
Item 4 of 7Glasgow Corporation Education Office19521955Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Fife County Architect's Department19551960Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Western Regional Hospital Board19601961Principal Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Western Regional Hospital Board19621970Assistant ChiefAssistant Regional Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Thomas David Williams Astorga25 July 1970For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Richard Rudolphe Chitham De'Ath25 July 1970For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Thomas Russell Scott25 July 1970For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6George Ferguson Smellie Shanks12 December 1950For Associateship
Item 5 of 6Edward Grigg Wylie12 December 1950For Associateship
Item 6 of 6Frederick Robert Wylie12 December 1950For 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 11956Waid AcademyAnstruther Easter FifeScotlandAdditions to E - as project architect with Fife County Education Architects Department


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Craig AdamInformation sent via 'Contact Us' page on Dictionary Sent August 2011
Item 2 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 4National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Adam: A no 12129, F no7125 (Combined Box 175)