Archibald Simpson Architect, Aberdeen, Scottish Buildings, Church, House, Elgin
Archibald Simpson Architecture
Architectural Projects in North-East Scotland, UK: 19th Century Scottish Buildings
post updated 17 May 2021
Archibald Simpson Architect – Major Building
Marischal College, Aberdeen, North-East Scotland
Date built: 1891
photograph © Keith Hunter
Marischal College in Aberdeen is one of the largest, and finest, granite buildings in the world. It has been restored to the ‘Silver City’s’ skyline once again, after a major £40m redevelopment by Holmes Architects.
Following the successful completion of a two-year long restoration and upgrade, the soaring silver-white granite landmark has re-emerged as the new HQ for Aberdeen City Council. 1400 staff in total, from various council premises around the city, are due to move into the building over the coming months.
Archibald Simpson Architect – Key Projects
Major Projects by Archibald Simpson, all in Scotland:
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, North-East Scotland
Date built: –
The Aberdeen Royal Infirmary hospital has it origins in a facility established at Woolmanhill in 1739. The move to the current site formed part of the Aberdeen Joint Hospitals Scheme as envisaged by Professor Matthew Hay, which involved the development of an integrated medical campus at Foresterhill. The granite buildings on the site were designed by James Brown Nicol.
St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, Aberdeen
St Andrew’s Cathedral or the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church situated in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. It is the see of the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney who is the Ordinary of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney.
Aberdeen Music Hall
The venue was designed by Archibald Simpson, a notable Aberdeen architect, and cost £11,500 when it was originally constructed in 1822. It was opened to the public as a concert hall in 1859. In September 1896 the building hosted the first cinema screening in Aberdeen.
North of Scotland Bank building, Aberdeen
Established Church, Elgin
Mansion House of Newe, Strathdon
Duchess of Gordon’s Schools, Huntly
More information on this former Aberdeen architect online soon
Location: Aberdeen, Northeast Scotland
Archibald Simpson Practice Information
Former architecture office based in Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, UK
Simpson first established his architecture practice in 1813 at his old childhood home at 15 Guestrow. He later moved to premises at 130 Union Street, where in 1826 he lost his entire archive of drawings in a fire.
This fire destroyed the building, forcing him to move his office to 8 Belmont Street and later to 22 Crown Street – where the former Post Office building now stands. Later he relocated to live at 15 Bon Accord Street and practicing from his office at 1 Bon Accord Street.
photo : Paul Zanre
Marischal College Aberdeen building:
photograph © Keith Hunter
Architecture in Scotland
Contemporary Architecture in Scotland – architectural selection below:
Upper Parkbrae House, Oyne, Aberdeenshire, Northeast Scotland
Design: Brown & Brown Architects
photograph © Nigel Rigden
Upper Parkbrae House, Aberdeenshire
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