John Cunningham and Dr Barnabas Calder present accounts of the construction and enduring appeal of the Strathclyde University School of Architecture building in an event chaired by David Reat.
In 1967, the newly established University of Strathclyde gained a new purpose built School of Architecture Building, the first constructed in the UK in over 30 years. Professor Frank Fielden, the Professor of Architecture at the time, was awarded the commission acting as client and architect simultaneously.
At this event project architect of the building, John Cunningham, will recall some of the incredible stories of the buildings construction whilst working at Fielden & Associates. John will be joined by Architectural Historian Dr Barnabas Calder, author of acclaimed book 'Raw Concrete, the Beauty of Brutalism' and who formerly worked in the building. The event will be chaired by David Reat, director of Postgraduate Studies at the Department of Architecture.
The story of the construction of this incredible building has remained largely untold for over 50 years. Come and hear the accounts of those who built and worked in the Architecture Building! Dr Barnabas Calder will be available on the night to sign copies of 'Raw Concrete'.
In 1964 the Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow, received its Royal Charter and became the University of Strathclyde. Marking this transition, School of Architecture was to receive a new purpose built building – the first in over three decades in the UK. Professor Frank Fielden, the chair of architecture, received the commission acting as client and architect simultaneously.
Opened by the Rt. Hon. Viscount Esher CBE in 1967, this ‘pioneering’ building has served tens of thousands of students and marks a definitive moment in Scotland’s Architectural Heritage. Friends of the Architecture Building (FAB) is a collective of individuals who wish to draw attention to the significance of this building and its story.