April 2009

April seemed to pass really quickly. It has been a busy month with the prospect of some nice new work and some current projects nearing completion. Two Children’s Houses in Motherwell and Cumbernauld are due for completion in June and the practice is busy ensuring everything goes to plan.

Cumbernauld Village Children's House

I also found time to put together a poster advertising the Glasgow Institute of Architects annual lecture featuring Professor Andy MacMillan and David Mackay of Barcelona based MBM Architects. The event featured two short films, one an interview with Andy and Isi Metzstein on their work with Gillespie Kidd and Coia, the other covering work by MBM, followed by a discussion revolving around cities. I first visited Barcelona in 1993 shortly after the olympics were held there, which was when I first discovered the architecture of Enric Miralles and was lucky enough to travel to Igualada cemetry and meet the architect himself. I visited the olympic harbour development masterplanned by MBM which was a bit of a ghost town as it hadn’t been fully occupied since the olympics but was impressed with transformation to the area. Barcelona remains one of my favorite destinations to date.

GIA Poster DesignI turned 38 in April, so still think I am termed as a ‘young architect’, two years left to get into the 40 under 40 list!


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