Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Duncan Hunter
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 March 1935
Died: 30 March 2002
Bio Notes: William (‘Bill’) Duncan Hunter was born on 10 March 1935, the son of John Hunter, petroleum depot hand and his wife Annie Caldwell McInnes. He was brought up in Netherlee in Glasgow and educated at Eastwood School. Ass a boy he was actively involved in the Boys Brigade and served as BB officer in the company. He was articled to Wylie Shanks & Wylie from 1952. He studied architecture at the Royal College of Science and Technology, winning a number of awards while a student. He graduated BArch in 1958. He was elected ARIBA in 1960 and ARIAS the following year. After qualification he returned to Wylie Shanks & Partners, becoming a partner in 1965 and senior partner in 1982. During this period the practice won and carried out a range of successful commissions and enjoyed long-standing relationships with various NHS Trusts and many private and public companies.

Hunter was active in matters relating to the profession. He served as a member of the Council of the GIA and the RIAS in the 1980s. He was elected a Fellow of the RIAS in 1981 and was senior vice-president of the GIA in 1982-83.

He retired from the practice in 1996 (or 1995 according to some sources) but remained as a consultant.

Hunter was a keen sportsman. From a young age he was a member of Cathcart Castle Golf Club and had considerable success in competitions as a junior. He was also a good footballer, representing Strathclyde University and winning representative honours at a time when amateur football was played to a very high standard. He was also keen on the outdoors and enjoyed hill-walking, the more strenuous the better. He later initiated the Jordanhill Church Walking Group. He was an authority on the architectural history of Glasgow. He also enjoyed and was very knowledgeable about music, playing the piano as well as singing in his local church choir. For many years he was a member of Netherlee Church but he and his wife later moved to the Jordanhill area of the city and joined Jordanhill Parish Church. He became an elder in 1967 and over the next 35 years was convener of a number of church committees there. He also acted as architect to the church for various changes made to the building. On the wider stage he served on the Church of Scotland’s Board of Practice and Procedure and oversaw the care and maintenance of the Assembly Hall. In 1998 he was much involved with the negotiations which led to the Scottish Parliament using the hall as a temporary meeting place and the relocation of the General Assembly to the EICC.

As a person Hunter was outgoing and friendly with a keen sense of humour but below the surface he was a sensitive and private man with a strong Christian faith.

He died at St Margaret's Hospice, Clydebank on 30 March 2002. He was survived by his wife, Patricia Martha Barr and his three children and two grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 523, First Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivatec. 1961  
Item 2 of 536, Clincart Road, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivatec. 1964  
Item 3 of 526, Victoria Park Drive North, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1970  
Item 4 of 512, Clairmont Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1979 *  
Item 5 of 5Hatfield Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1997 *  

* 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 1Wylie Shanks & Partners19651996PartnerOr 1995?

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 44Late 1950sGlasgow Western Infirmary, Radiotherapy Building  GlasgowScotlandProject architect?
Item 2 of 441960sEuclid/Terex factory   Luxembourg 
Item 3 of 441960sFactory for National Cash RegistersWester Gourdie AngusScotland 
Item 4 of 441960sFactory for Wrangler  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 441961Factory for National Cash Registers  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 441965Motherwell and Wishaw Civic CentreMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design - won competition to secure job
Item 7 of 441965Norwich Union Office Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 441967(?)Carnegie LibraryAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandResponsible for Conversion to Airdrie Arts Centre in 1967? Or for further work c.1973? Unclear.
Item 9 of 441967Central Depot, Upper Clyde Water Board  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 441967Scottish Industrial Estate, Euclid (Great Britain) Ltd, plant at NewhouseNewhouse LanarkshireScotlandExtension
Item 11 of 441968Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotlandNew banking hall inserted
Item 12 of 441960s or 1970sAdvance factory for SIECKirkconnel DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 13 of 441970sAdvance factory for SIECWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 14 of 441970sDevelopment for Levi Strauss LtdWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 15 of 441970sDevelopment for Levi Strauss Ltd, Bothwell ParkBothwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 441970sEnvironmental Improvement WorksFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 17 of 441970sIndustrial development  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 441970sJordanhill Parish ChurchJordanhill GlasgowScotlandReorganisation of sanctuary
Item 19 of 441970sWestern Infirmary, Oncology Unit   Glasgow Extension - partner in charge
Item 20 of 441970General Motors FactoryMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 441970General Motors FactoryPeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 22 of 441970Glasgow Dental Hospital and School  GlasgowScotlandTeaching block
Item 23 of 441970Rolls Royce FactoryHillington GlasgowScotlandNew factory
Item 24 of 44After 1970Elliott Brothers Marconi Developments premises   ScotlandNew build? Extensions?
Item 25 of 44After 1970Factory block for Industrial Estates Managment Corporation for Scotland  Dundee, AngusScotlandExtensions
Item 26 of 44After 1970Filtrona Factory  DundeeScotland 
Item 27 of 44After 1970Industrial development for General Motors   Luxembourg 
Item 28 of 44After 1970Trane Heating and Airconditioning FactoryDonibristle FifeScotland 
Item 29 of 44After 1970Veeder Root Factory  DundeeScotlandExtensions or new build?
Item 30 of 441972Jordanhill Parish Church, church hallJordanhill GlasgowScotlandNew halls developed. Partner in charge.
Item 31 of 441972Offices for Rolls Royce  GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 441973Drewsteighton SchoolBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 44Before 1973Clydesdale Bank, overseas branchHillington GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 441975St Jude's Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotlandInterior subdivision as offices
Item 35 of 441977Factory for Levi Strauss UK Ltd  DundeeScotland 
Item 36 of 441977Head office for Long John International Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 441977Sales Centre, Factory and offices for Caithness GlassPerth PerthshireScotlandPartner in charge with Ron Wilson
Item 38 of 441979Head office for Long John International Ltd  GlasgowScotlandInteriors
Item 39 of 44Late 1970sSilberline Ltd FactoryLeven FifeScotlandExtensions
Item 40 of 441980sCaithness Glass factory and officesWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 41 of 441980sCaithness Glass Visitor CentreWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 42 of 441980sCaithness Glass Visitor CentrePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 43 of 441980s(?)Jordanhill Parish ChurchJordanhill GlasgowScotlandNew kitchen facilities added - mainly responsible
Item 44 of 441991St Kentigern's ChurchInversnaid StirlingshireScotlandConversion to Outdoor Centre for the Boys Brigade - mainly responsible


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp151
Item 2 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1979RIBA Directory of Practices 1979   
Item 4 of 4Wylie Shanks Architects2012Wylie Shanks Architects: a centenary retrospective 1912-2012   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Herald, The5 April 2002  p20 Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIAS Chartered Architect2002v14, no3 Death note

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 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership