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WALKER, Hugh Aitken Hutchinson

Born: c1890
Died: 1968

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 343
Year registered: 1927

A senior partner in the Port Elizabeth firm of SIEMERINK & WALKER, trained in Glasgow, serving articles from June 1907 until June1912 with J Hamilton & Sons, Glasgow and studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture between 1907 and 1920. For about two years (July 1912 until December 1914) he was an Improver with Reid & Wingate, Glasgow. On the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted with the army and was later awarded the military cross, and on demobilisation in March 1919, returned to Glasgow where he joined Arthur & Son of Glasgow and Ardrie in June 1919. Here he remained until December 1920.

He left Britain in early 1921 and came to South Africa where he was employed by the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Pretoria. He passed the qualifying exam in Cape Town in December 1922 . He applied for Associate membership of the RIBA in 1922/ 1923, the papers being signed by H SIEMERINK in Port Elizabeth. Walker had probably met Siemerink while working for the PWD in Pretoria, since Siemerink had resigned from the PWD in 1925 and settled in Port Elizabeth. Walker was still employed by the PWD in 1926 (he appears on the 1926 golf team list for a match between the PWD and the Master Builders Association)

[Dictionary of Scottish Architects records differently that Walker was admitted ARIBA on 3 December 1923, his proposers being Joseph LOCKWOOD HALL, Ernest Marston POWERS and the RIBA Council. His declaration accepting his Associateship bears a late date of 27 April 1927, but it seems likely that this was a slip of the pen.]

He entered into partnership with Siemerink in 1927 (cf. SIEMERINK & WALKER). In 1931 they were joined by CG LANE (cf. SIEMERINK, WALKER & LANE). A Cape Town branch of the firm opened in 1933, with Walker in charge. The partnership was dissolved shortly afterwards and Walker continued to practice in Cape Town on his own account. After the Second World War he entered into partnership with JH WILLIAMS who had worked in his office (cf WALKER & WILLIAMS). He was awarded life membership of the RIBA (n.d.).

There is also a listing of this practitioner on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

ARIBA Pretoria 1923; ISAA 1927. (ARIBA nom papers (1923); ISAA mem list; RIBA biog file; SAB Jul 1935:55; SA Archt Mar 1939:12)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing WALKER

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pp 198-199

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 99, 211

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp W1