Tributes pour in for architect Mark Baines
April 10 2020
Glasgow has lost a staunch defender of its heritage and built environment with the passing of Mark Baines following a short battle with cancer.
An architect, theorist and urban studies teacher Baines emerged as a leading voice advocating respect for Glasgow’s built legacy through his role as chair of the Alexander Thompson Society (ATS) while also shaping the city’s future, most prominently through work on the 2008 Merchant Building at Glasgow Cross with Gholami Baines.
As a graduate and later course leader at the Glasgow School of Art Baines developed a strong affinity for his city, cultivated through an early career at Gillespie Kidd & Coia, while building a reputation as a writer, curator and thinker.
In a statement the ATS wrote: “The Society received the terrible news that our friend and chair, Mark Baines, sadly passed away on 6th April. Mark made a vital contribution to the cultural life of Glasgow through his architecture, exhibitions, and teaching. We will miss him dearly.”
Reacting to the news Page\Park wrote: “Mark’s unwavering stoical dedication to the city’s backcloth for urban life as the background for the walkable and social city, will be a source of inspiration for all now who seek to help the city rediscover itself after this dark time in Glasgow’s story is passed.”
Paying personal tribute Johnny Rodger, professor of urban literature at the Glasgow School of Art added: “Although his own tastes and indeed practice were of a contemporary not to say modernist outlook, Mark Baines worked tirelessly to broadcast to the world the genius of Thomson’s work and his importance to architectural history.
“Mark was a respected and admired colleague, and was recognised by his fellows for the perspicacity of his vision, the originality and acuity of his judgement and the consistency of his approach.”
Baines was recognised with a RIAS lifetime achievement award for teaching in 2013.
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