Hamish Haldane Haswell-Smith RIBA FRIAS  (1928-2019)

It is with sadness and deep regret that we report that Hamish Haswell Smith our founding member of SSAA died peacefully on August 27 2019. 

Hamish Haldane Haswell-Smith RIBA FRIAS

Hamish Haswell-Smith was born in Glasgow and at the age of fifteen he achieved entry to the Royal Technical College (Strathclyde University), Glasgow, where he completed his first year in architecture before transferring to Edinburgh College of Art.

In 1955 Hamish married and set up in practice in Nairobi, returning  to the UK in 1960 where he was elected a Fellow of the RIAS and served for a time on RIAS Council.

His enthusiasm for sailing and for painting led Hamish to write the best-selling book ‘The Scottish Islands’ illustrated with his own drawings and paintings. This has run to several editions including an Italian translation.

Hamish was President of the Scottish Arts Club (1982-84) and in 1985 he joined the Society of Architect-Artists.  This however was so essentially London-centric that in 1987 he gathered together a small group of like-minded Scottish architects and founded the Scottish Society of Architect-Artists.


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