Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Charles Miller
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 September 1901
Died: 11 July 1988
Bio Notes: Joseph Charles Miller was born on 14 September 1901, the son of Robert Miller, negineer, and his wife Margaret McIlwain. He was articled to Ninian Macwhannell of Glasgow in 1918, studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture. After completing his apprenticeship in 1923 he remained with Macwhannell for a further two years as assistant whilst he completed his studies at the School. He passed the qualifying exam on 24 July 1925 and, having spent the summer travelling in France, was admitted ARIBA on 30 November that year, his proposers being Macwhannell, Charles Gourlay and Andrew Balfour.

He then emigrated to Malaya where he became chief assistant in the firm of Stark & McNeill in Penang the following year. Whilst with Stark & McNeill he travelled in China in January 1928 and in Italy and Germany in September 1930. In the latter year he was made a partner, and in either 1932 or 1934 (there is a conflict of information between the nomination papers of the various partners), the practice title was changed to McNeill & Miller. In 1934 or 1935 Miller left to practise on his own account. It appears that James Tyre McNeill had also left by this time as John McNeill continued to practise alone, reverting to the earlier firm title of Stark & McNeill.

Miller was elected FRIBA on 7 February 1938, proposed by David McLeod Craik, Macwhannell and Professor William James Smith. His address at that date was 38 George Street Dumfries which was the office address of Gordon Kinghorn at a later date, but there is porobably no connection bwteen the two. He was elected FRIAS in 1957.

He died at Dumfries Royal Infirmary on 17 July 1988, survived by his wife, Helen Watson Hislop, their address immediately prior to his death being 'Crannog', Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire and their daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5101, Stanmore Road, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1925 *  
Item 2 of 56B, Beach Street, Penang, MalaysiaBusiness1938 *  
Item 3 of 53, Lin Mah Chye Road, Penang, MalaysiaPrivate1938 *  
Item 4 of 538, George Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusiness(?)1956 *  
Item 5 of 5Crannog, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1988 *  

* 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 5Ninian Macwhannell19181923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Ninian Macwhannell19231925Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Stark & McNeill19261930Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Stark & McNeill19301932 or 1934Partner 
Item 5 of 5McNeill & Miller1932 or 19341934 or 1935Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Andrew Balfour30 November 1925for Associateship
Item 2 of 6David McLeod Craik7 February 1938for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Charles Gourlay30 November 1925for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Ninian Macwhannell30 November 1925for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Ninian Macwhannell7 February 1938for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6(Professor) William James Smith7 February 1938for Fellowship

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 11961Lochside Parish ChurchDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 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 no3858 (microfilm reel 28); F no3442 (box 23)