David Stark Reid Waugh

Biography of David Stark Reid Waugh

David Stark Reid Waugh (1906-2002) was a Scottish architect known for helping design the University's Joseph Black Building and McMillan Reading Room along with his architectural partner T. Harold Hughes.

David Stark Reid Waugh was born in 1906 son of George Waugh, minister of the Church of Scotland, and his wife Jane Hogg. Articled to John Burnet, Son & Dick (architectural firm belonging to John Burnet Sr, Sir John James Burnet, and Norman Aitken Dick) on 1 September 1924, Waugh studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He was admitted ARIBA at the end of 1929, his proposers being Norman Aitken Dick, James Miller and John Watson. At that time he was still working for the Burnet, Son & Dick firm, where he had remained as a draughtsman after completing his apprenticeship.

Waugh later taught at the Glasgow School of Architecture, and in 1937 entered into partnership with T. Harold Hughes, who had been teaching there since 1922 and for whom he had been working as an assistant. Ill health forced Hughes to retire from the partnership in 1942 but the Hughes & Waugh name remained in use until the time of Hughes's death in 1949. By 1957 Waugh was working as D S Waugh & Associates.

In addition to the Joseph Black Building and McMillan Reading Room, Hughes and Waugh designed the Stevenson Laboratory extension in the Bower Building in 1937, and a replacement for the Department of Surgery Building, part of The Western Infirmary, in 1947 but this was never begun. At the end of 1946 the firm of Hughes & Waugh was responsible for supervising the repairs to damages of University buildings caused by the Clydebank bombing raids of 13 March 1941, these included the Pearce Lodge chimney-heads and most of the windows on the south sides of the Gilbert Scott, West Medical, and Zoology buildings.

David Waugh died on 11 June 2002 at Ferryfield House, Pilton Drive, Edinburgh.


David Stark Reid Waugh
Born 10 January 1906.
Died 11 June 2002.
University Link: GU Degree:
Occupation categories: architects
Record last updated: 17th Jul 2015

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Posted by Mr Ron Duncan at 21:07:50 on 10 April 2016

Reid was a friend of my second cousin after his move to Edinburgh. She left all her paintings to me when she died among which were some delightful items by Reid.