Leading architects to receive honorary degrees

Issued: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 15:48:00 BST

Selected for their impact on Scottish architectural culture, Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein will have their degrees conferred by the University of Glasgow on behalf of the Glasgow School of Art at the graduation ceremony on 20 June.

During their time at Gillespie Kidd and Coia, MacMillan and Metzstein designed many celebrated buildings including Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Dennistoun and Cardross seminary in Helensburgh, which was voted by architects in Prospect magazine as the most significant piece of post-war architecture in Scotland.

Their work and significance is now being considered by a new generation and this culminated in last year’s exhibition Gillespie Kidd and Coia: Architecture 1956-1987 at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design. The exhibition, curated by Mark Baines from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art, was one of the most popular exhibitions at the venue in recent years.

Both architects have also had considerable academic involvement at the Glasgow School of Art.

The honorary degrees, which will be conferred by the University of Glasgow on behalf of The Glasgow School of Art, will be presented to Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein at a ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on Friday 20 June.

Notes to editors

Photos are courtesy of Alan McAteer

For more information please contact Kate Richardson in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 3683 or email K.Richardson@admin.gla.ac.uk

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