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Alan Dunlop departs as gm+ad become gm minus ad

April 19 2010

Alan Dunlop departs as gm+ad become gm minus ad
A 12 year partnership between Alan Dunlop and Gordon Murray of gm+ad architects is at an end.

In a shock departure from the firm the practice stated that Dunlop is no longer a partner of the studio, ending an award winning pairing which has done much to transform Glasgow.

In recent years Dunlop has pursued a greater academic role, pursuing the international lecture circuit and serving as visiting professor at Aberdeen’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture.

Dunlop is currently stranded in Seattle owing to recent volcanic activity having delivered a recent lecture to the University of Washington but stated that "gm+ad will cease to exist as an entity".

"At the moment I’m in the USA, at the University of Washington giving the Mahlum Endowment Lecture and I’ve other teaching and lecturing commitments and offers in the USA and Europe which will take me through until September/October at least. It’s my intention to start my own office but have an offer already to take a Directorship in a UK practice. I can’t confirm the name of the outfit, it’s commercially sensitive and they’ve asked me to keep it confidential. I’ll take a few more weeks before I finally decide."

Gordon Murray was unavailable for comment.


#1 Posted by Sean on 19 Apr 2010 at 20:01 PM
Wishing Alan the very best of luck in his new career direction from all at
#2 Posted by syilarosely on 19 Apr 2010 at 21:00 PM
May your Career be rewarding,
Successful and abundant,
Rich in opportunities for you
To absorb the best of
All your circumstances.

Pam Pohly
#3 Posted by SophieW. on 20 Apr 2010 at 09:35 AM
gm-ad ?= not very much at all !
All the best Alan - about time too.
#4 Posted by Frank on 20 Apr 2010 at 10:27 AM
I worked with Alan Dunlop years ago. He is one of the most supportive and inspirational architects I ever met. I am interested in what the real story is here-anyone know?
Neale Smith
#5 Posted by Neale Smith on 20 Apr 2010 at 13:47 PM
Here's wishing Gordon all the very best as well!!
#6 Posted by JO.T on 20 Apr 2010 at 18:19 PM
Alan is a fantastic architect with many more years of great ideas and buildings to offer. Best of luck in the future
L. Evans
#7 Posted by L. Evans on 21 Apr 2010 at 09:42 AM
There seems to be some form of misconception that it only takes one architect to design a building? Perhaps Sophie W and her misguided mathematics should think a little harder before engaging in ill-informed tittle tattle.

All involved in ‘gm+ad’ are undoubtedly very talented architects whom have collectively produced some great buildings. They may not all shout about it but it seems to me they deserve a lot of credit and I for one wish the continuing team at gordon murray architects many years of success.

Iain Dalrymple
#8 Posted by Iain Dalrymple on 21 Apr 2010 at 13:46 PM
I agree with Sophie. Everyone knows who the talent was in that partnership and it isn't the big one.
Hugh Macpherson
#9 Posted by Hugh Macpherson on 21 Apr 2010 at 14:07 PM
Really - who cares?
#10 Posted by Anon on 21 Apr 2010 at 16:51 PM
Indeed. A private business matter. Hardly world-shattering stuff. There are many talented architects in the world. There are many in Scotland. Nobody died.
#11 Posted by LB on 21 Apr 2010 at 22:28 PM
RE: "#8 Posted by Iain Dalrymple on 21 Apr 2010 at 13:46 PM
I agree with Sophie. Everyone knows who the talent was in that partnership and it isn't the big one. "

Yes everyone knows who it was. No wait, do we? How so?
#12 Posted by JO.T on 22 Apr 2010 at 18:08 PM
#7 That is a good point I am sure there were good architects who worked with Murray Dunlop but these drawings are amazing. Who can match that :)

#9 I am interested, other people are as well , don’t be such a prat

#13 Posted by anon. on 23 Apr 2010 at 10:57 AM
My word.. people are extremely crude and naive. having worked at gm+Ad I can assure there was no 1 partner that flexed their design muscle over everyone... businesses simply dont work that way. To claim only 'one' person was talented is completely absurd. Both partners have very different personalities, and I think we shoudl judge the quality of the work, nothing else. Not to mention the 30 odd employees of whom 99% where extremely talented individuals, whom over the years have contributed enormously to the practice. Frankly I think its an real shame for Scottish and Glasgow Architecture, and I hope that both respective partners continue to make such informed contributions both Academically and in practice.

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