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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Mitchell Millar
Designation: Architect, Architect
Born: 21 August 1943
Bio Notes: William Mitchell Millar (known as Mitchell Millar) was born on 21 August 1943 at 2, Abbey Park Place, Dunfermline, Scotland, son of William Millar, Captain, Royal Engineers, and Una Lewin Millar of Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Apprenticed in 1961 to the Glasgow office of Honeyman, Jack and Robertson and later at Wylie, Shanks and Partners, he studied part-time at Glasgow School of Art (1962-66), passing the RIBA Intermediate certificate in 1965. Transferring to full-time studies at Kingston University (Surrey) and receiving a graduate degree in 1969, he was elected to RIBA in 1970.

Following three years of partnership with Industrial Designer David Colwell, which included work in the Sultanate of Oman such as the Majlis & Royal Residence in Sib, Oman, designed in association with Douglas Norwood Associates, Mitchell Millar took a position as Senior Architect (later Principal Architect) with the Government of Fiji, in Suva in 1973. In Fiji his work included the Nadi District Courthouse (1972), Koronivia Agricultural College (1973), Nasinu Airport Control Tower & Terminal, Suva (1973-76).

In 1977 Millar married Joan Feener of Boston Massachusetts. The couple has two sons, Andrew and Gregory. From 1977-1980 Millar had a post with the practice Chapman Taylor & Partners in London and worked during this period on Wakefield Shopping Centre in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

In 1980 the family moved to Hawaii where Mitchell established a practice as Mitchell Millar Architects, consulting to the banking and hotel industries. In 1982 Millar was elected to the American Institute of Architects, and licensed to practice architecture in several states of the USA.

In 1999 he moved to North Carolina where he was appointed Architectural Department Manager of Arcadis, an Architect/Engineer consultancy to the medical research and pharmaceutical industries.
2007 saw a return to live and practice in Honolulu, where projects were produced throughout the Pacific region, primarily in the Federated States of Micronesia, and in the State of Hawaii.

In Scotland, Mitchell was a notable climber, with several classic alpine ascents to his credit, including the North Face routes on the Grandes Jorasses and the Eiger. A lifetime association with Boy Scouts in the UK and USA as a Scoutmaster garnered many service and training awards. In Hawaii, Mitchell was an enthusiastic sailor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 52, Abbey Park Place, Dunfermline, FifePrivate19431946 
Item 2 of 5The Lodge, Herts Training School, Ware, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate19461950 
Item 3 of 515 , Bawhirly Road, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate19501953 
Item 4 of 512, Queensberry Avenue, Clarkston, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate19531963 
Item 5 of 53, Melrose Place, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19631965 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9Honeyman, Jack & Robertson19611965Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Wylie Shanks & Partners19651967Assistant 
Item 3 of 9Greater London Council (GLC) Schools Division19671968AssistantStudent intern (mandatory 'year out' during his period of time at Kingston University.
Item 4 of 9David Colwell & Mitchell Millar19701972Partner 
Item 5 of 9Fiji Public Works Department (later Ministry of Works)1973 Architect 
Item 6 of 9Fiji Public Works Department (later Ministry of Works)1 January 1975 Senior Architect 
Item 7 of 9Fiji Public Works Department (later Ministry of Works)25 August 19761977Principal Architect 
Item 8 of 9Chapman Taylor Partners19771980Architect 
Item 9 of 9Mitchell Millar Architects1980 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect, 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 41961King's Theatre  GlasgowScotlandWorked on this project as apprentice with Honeyman Jack & Robertson
Item 2 of 41962HouseWemyss Bay RenfrewshireScotlandRestoration - as apprentice with Honeyman Jack & Robertson
Item 3 of 41963Kingsway College of Further Education  LondonEnglandAs intern with the Schools Section of the GLC
Item 4 of 41963Stow College of Building and Printing  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant with Wylie Shanks & Underwood


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Mr William Mitchell MillarInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent January 2014


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