Exhibition: Professors’ Sketchbooks

Taken from over 300 sketchbooks generously loaned to Glasgow City Heritage Trust by the architects’ families, the drawings included in this book and exhibition offer unique insight into the workings of two great architects’ minds.

Professors Andy MacMillan and Charles MacCallum were colleagues at the iconic post-war Scottish architectural practice, Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, and at consecutive times, Heads and Professors at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, one of the world’s great architecture schools.

Theirs was a generation trained in traditional, analogue drawing. Hard line draughtsmanship was an essential medium to translate architectural designs into constructed reality.

Never intended for scrutiny, the work here is refreshingly unguarded, full of life, spontaneity and humour. But taken as a collection, these sketches also allow us to see the world as they saw it, with an architect’s eye, concerned with space, form, light and detail.

The exhibition, Professors’ Sketchbooks, has been created by The Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions team in collaboration with Glasgow City Heritage Trust and the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

The accompanying book, Creative Minds, has been edited by Johnny Rodger, Professor of Urban Literature at The Glasgow School of Art and published by Glasgow City Heritage Press & Freight Books. Copies will be available to purchase via our online shop.

Visit the exhibition:

Reid Ground Floor Corridor, Reid Building,
Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF

22 April 2017 – 30 April 2017
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm