Basic Biographical Details

Name: James William Hills
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 October 1907
Died: 22 August 1974
Bio Notes: James William Hills was born on 9 October 1907, the son of Peter Harrington Hills, assurance company superintendent, and his wife Sarah Bowering Johnston. He served his apprenticeship with William Ramage of Edinburgh from 1923 to 1927, joining John Alexander McWilliam as draughtsman in the latter year and studying at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. In 1929 he moved to the office Mears & Carus-Wilson and he passed the RIBA final exam the following year. He was awarded Distinction in his thesis. He was admitted ARIBA in early 1931, his proposers being Frank Charles Mears, Charles Denny Carus-Wilson and John Begg. By 1939-40 he appears to have been an assistant with Sir Frank Mears as he gave his address as 44 Queen Street at that date.

He died on 22 August 1974 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He was survived by his wife, Barbara Johnston Pryde.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5c/o Pryde/2, Willowbrae Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 57, Lismore Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1938c. 1939Perhaps both home and office
Item 3 of 544, Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1939 * Address at this date of Sir Frank Mears' practice.
Item 4 of 556, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1955  
Item 5 of 530, Howe Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1965 *After 1970 

* 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 3William Ramage19231927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Alexander McWilliam19271929Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 3Mears & Carus-Wilson1929After 1931Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John BeggEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Denny Carus-WilsonEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles MearsEarly 1931for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1961-62   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no4633 (combined box 26)