Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Campbell MacKay
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 August 1908
Died: 15 September 2001
Bio Notes: James Campbell MacKay was born in Alloa on 21 August 1908, the son of Peter Mackay, shipbuilder, and his wife, Jemima Campbell Meikle. Niether James nor either of his two brothers sought to carry on the family business. and studied at Glasgow School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College from September 1928 to June 1935, being exempted from the final exam. He entered the office of James Gavin Callander of Falkirk as assistant on 23 October 1935 and was still there when he was admitted ARIBA on 18 July 1938, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and another (whose signature is illegible).

He moved to a post in the Ministry of Works office in Edinburgh but was promoted to the London office after a few years. He enjoyed the environment of pre-war London but he was forced to return to Edinburgh because of family reasons, his mother being very frail at the time. David Ross remembers him when he, Ross, worked as a new graduate in the Ministry in the mid-1950s.

During this period he assisted in a ministry scheme and gave up his annual leave to organise with JAck Coia a summer school for young students in San Gimignano. He also lent his car to assistst with travel expenses.

His RIBA membership was terminated in October 1977; the reason for this is unknown. However he remained in practice and lived in Falkirk at least until 1977.

Outwith his profession he had many interests, including vintage cars for which he organised various rallies. He was interested in the design of solid fuel stoves and devised many technical improvements which he patented. He was widely read in philosophy and religion and was a long-standing elder of his church. Though quiet and reserved by nature he was gregarious. He enjoyed musical nights at home and played the piano and banjo.

He continued to be a member of the RIAS until his death on 15 September 2001. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Aviemore, Hillock, Redding, Polmont, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1938 *After 1960 

* 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 2H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency) After 1960Architect 
Item 2 of 2James Gavin Callander10 October 1935After 1938Assistant 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered Architect2001v14, no9 December issue- death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6819 (combined box 162)