Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas George Low
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 October 1911
Died: 14 December 1987
Bio Notes: Thomas George Low, generally known as George Low was born on 6 October 1911, the son of George Low, chauffeur, and his wife, Mabel Robertson. In 1924 he was articled with Wylie Shanks & Wylie, then at 204 West Regent Street, Glasgow. He remained with them, becoming a junior assistant in 1934 and later a senior assistant. At the same time as working in November 1929 he embarked on the Building Construction evening class course at Glasgow High School. The following year he began the Certificate Course at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College and on completion in 1936 was awarded the senior certificate.

From February to June 1940 he worked as an assistant with Cullen Lochhead & Brown but in June 1940 he joined the Royal Engineers, transferring to the Works Services in October 1941 as an architectural draughtsman. He served in this capacity in the Far East. On demobilisation in 1946 he held the rank of Warrant Officer Superintendent Draughtsman. He returned to Wylie Shanks & Wylie in February 1946 as chief assistant. In due course he became Chief Draughtsman and was in charge of all the drawing office staff.

Low was elected LRIBA in 1956, his proposers being Frederick R Wylie, Walter Underwood and Lockhart Hutson. In 1960 Walter Underwood invited him to become a partner with his practice.

Low retired in about 1983. He died on 14 December 1987 at his home in East Kilbride. He was survived by his wife Jessie Helen Duguid.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 113, Markethill Road, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate 1987 

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 7Wylie, Shanks & Wylie1924 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Wylie, Shanks & Wylie1934 Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Wylie, Wright & WylieLate 1930s Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Cullen, Lochhead & BrownFebruary 1940June 1940Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Wylie, Shanks & WylieFebruary 1946 Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Wylie, Shanks & WylieLate 1940s or 1950s Chief Draughtsman 
Item 7 of 7Walter Underwood & Partners1960 *After 1975Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Lockhart Whiteford Hutson19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Walter Underwood19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Frederick Robert Wylie19 June 1956For Licentiateship

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 16 Scottish Legal (or Scottish Equitable?) branches   ScotlandPartner in charge
Item 2 of 16 Scottish Widows branches   ScotlandPartner in charge
Item 3 of 161960Royal College of Science and Technology, Chemistry and Chemical Technology Department  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 4 of 161960Royal College of Science and Technology, James Weir Engineering Building  GlasgowScotlandAdditional 6-storey slab facing Cathedral Street - as partner in charge
Item 5 of 161962University of Dundee, Fulton Building  DundeeScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 6 of 161963Royal Stuart Hotel  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 7 of 161964Office Block, George Square Area  GlasgowScotlandActing as consultant architects for proposals
Item 8 of 161970sScottish Widows Fund and Life Assurance and Junior Conservative Club  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions at Head Office - partner in charge
Item 9 of 161974Clydebank High SchoolClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandExtension built and old school modernised - partner in charge
Item 10 of 161981Dale House, West George Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 16Before 1981Bradford & Bingley Building Society branch officeAyr AyrshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 12 of 16Before 1981Bradford & Bingley Building Society branch officeElgin MorayshireScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 13 of 16Before 1981Bradford & Bingley Building Society branch officeKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 14 of 16Before 1981Bradford & Bingley Building Society branch office  GlasgowScotlandAs partner in charge
Item 15 of 16Before 1981University of Strathclyde, Food Science Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 16Before 1981University of Strathclyde, swimming Pool  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of David J LeslieInformation sent to Dictionary Sent April 2010
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 6723 (Combined Box 156)