Steven Holl Architects and JM Architects
© Steven Holl Architects and JM Architects

The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art is Scotland’s premier art school, internationally known and respected. The current estate (with the exception of the notable Grade A listed Mackintosh Building) was restricting the School from realising its ambitions.

Malcolm Reading Consultants worked with the Governors to set-up and manage a two-stage international design competition to appoint a world-class architect-led design team to deliver Phase 1 of the urban campus masterplan.

More than 150 entries were received from all over the world, including several Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates. The dedicated competition internet site organised by MRC received nearly 57,000 visits. The Expression of Interest document was downloaded over 11,000 times.

We managed the rigorous process (against set evaluation criteria) of submissions, presentations and interviews. The selection committee was unanimous in choosing Steven Holl Architects. As the GSA explained to the press,

‘(Their) work showed a poetic use of light and their submission demonstrated a singular creative vision...

Holl’s approach to the craft of building, his understanding of the opportunities of new technology and an enjoyment of the challenges of sustainable design, promises a great step forward in the development of architecture in an urban setting.’

Project details

The shortlist:
Benson + Forsyth Architects
Elder and Cannon Architects
Francisco Mangado Architects
Grafton Architects
Steven Holl with JM Architects
Hopkins Architects
Nord Architecture with John McAslan + Partners
Won by:
Steven Holl with JM Architects
Project value:
£50 million