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GSA appoints new Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture

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July 11 2011

GSA appoints new Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture

The Glasgow School of Art has appointed practicing architect and educator Christopher Platt as Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

Currently Director of studioKAP architects and Director of Graduation Studies in the Department of Architecture at The University of Strathclyde, Christopher brings to The Glasgow School of Art an ambition to develop further the international standing of the Mackintosh School and deliver an architectural education which is holistic, integrated and crosses practice and academia.

With over 30 years in practice both in the UK and internationally, half of which has been combined with working within architectural education and research, Christopher’s research interests include dwelling and place, detail, the design process and architectural pedagogy. These, together with his ability to present a “Glasgow voice” to architectural and educational issues, his commitment to practice-led, studio-based education and research, provides a good fits with the Mackintosh School’s existing areas of research strength in environmentally sustainable architecture, urban design and place-making and provides a platform for growth.

Speaking on his appointment he said “The Mackintosh School is moving into its most exciting phase so far and it is a tremendous privilege to be part of that and lead this hugely ambitious school in a challenging time for both the architectural profession and Higher Education.”

Professor Seona Reid, Director of the GSA who led the appointment panel said “the appointment of Christopher Platt to this important role follows an exhaustive recruitment process which attracted international interest. That we were able to find someone of Christopher’s calibre and standing already working in Glasgow reflects the international position which the city and the School have in architecture and design and the talent of those working within them.”

Christopher will join the GSA at the end of October.

3 Comments

wang
#1 Posted by wang on 11 Jul 2011 at 14:53 PM
go on yersel' wee chris
andymc
#2 Posted by andymc on 13 Jul 2011 at 16:46 PM
Glad that someone so grounded in this place and the everyday challenges of the Profession is taking on that role.
bc
#3 Posted by bc on 15 Jul 2011 at 17:19 PM
congrats Chris

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