Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Coutts Youngson
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 November 1913
Died: 21 August 1992
Bio Notes: William Coutts Youngson was born on 8 November 1913, the son of William Youngson, engineer, and his wife Catherine Coutts. He studied full-time at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, Aberdeen from September 1931 until 1934. For the following two years he continued to attend evening classes at the School whilst apprenticed to George Bennett Mitchell & Son. He obtained his diploma in June 1937 and for the following four months assisted in the office of Launcelot Hugh Ross in Glasgow, before moving to Liverpool where he joined Herbert Rowse as assistant in October that year. He was admitted ARIBA On 7 February 1938, his proposers being Ross, Rowse, and George Bennett Mitchell, who wrote in his supporting statement: 'Mr Youngson acquitted himself to my entire satisfaction, and has had experience in domestic work, schools, churches, and business premises, and had also experience in designing of various reinforced concrete bridges in Aberdeenshire.'

Youngson retired at the end of December 1978, having worked from at least 1950 at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeenshire. He also ran his own practice from his home as Coutts Youngson around 1975. He resigned his RIBA membership at the same time as retiring.

He died on 21 August 1992 in Ballater, survived by his wife Muriel Windsor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 335, Parkfield Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool, EnglandPrivate1938 *  
Item 2 of 3Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1950December 1978 
Item 3 of 3Ardmore, Inchgarth Road, Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19701992 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3George Bennett Mitchell & Son19341936Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Launcelot Hugh RossJuly 1937October 1937Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Herbert J RowseNovember 1937 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Bennett Mitchell7 February 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Launcelot Hugh Ross7 February 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Herbert J Rowse7 February 1938for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 1 Northfield ChurchNorthfield AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6662 (combined box 152)