Archibald Simpson (1790-1847) is the man to whom Aberdeen owes it finest and most effective public buildings. He is one of Scotland’s greatest local architects of modern times. The Royal Infirmary, Marischal College, the Athenaeum Buildings and The North of Scotland Bank are only a few of the projects that reflect his influence on the City.
Further afield, Simpson’s genius can be seen in private houses and churches in the North East, most notably the Established Church in Elgin, the mansion House at Newe and the Duchess of Gordon’s Schools in Huntly.
David Miller, himself an architect who lives in Aberdeen, has written this definitive account of Simpson’s life and works, comprehensively illustrated showing many of his most important public buildings as well as more modest commissions. It is a long overdue tribute to a man who has greatly influenced the way the City has developed over the last two hundred years.