Media Release: Architecture greats robe up to receive degree honour

ANDY MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, formerly of architecture practice, Gillespie Kidd and Coia, were today (Friday, 20 June) awarded honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) conferred by the University of Glasgow on behalf of The Glasgow School of Art at Bute Hall, the University of Glasgow.

Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein were chosen by The Glasgow School of Art to receive honorary degrees for their impact on Scottish architecture, their considerable academic involvement and the revival of interest in their work following the exhibition Gillespie Kidd and Coia: Architecture 1956 – 1987 at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for Architecture and Design.

Professor Seona Reid, director of The Glasgow School of Art, said: “I am delighted to announce that Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein have today received honorary Doctor of Letters’ (D. Litts) conferred by the University of Glasgow on behalf of The Glasgow School of Art.

“The Honorary Doctor of Letters’ awarded to Andy and Isi are richly deserved.

“Both architects have had a strong influence and impact on architectural design and education. Gillespie Kidd and Coia is one of the 20th century’s leading post war architectural practices and in an act of great generosity gifted the practice’s extraordinary archive to the school in 2001.

“This formed the basis of the recent exhibition at The Lighthouse which has served to reinvigorate interest in their substantial achievements.

“Both also inspired generations of young architects through teaching, with Andy serving as head of The Mackintosh School of Architecture for 18 years until 1994.”

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