Defined by the kitsch
Filmmaker Murray Grigor, who will be working with Gavin Stamp on the Greek Thomson exhibition, regretted that there was no international judge. He believed that all good architecture came from a clear brief from a client, but it was a shame that Scotland was being 'defined by the kitsch' in images such as Mel Gibson's portrayal of Braveheart. And Hollywood filmmakers were responsible for more of the kitsch in their building projects - Warner's Glasgow presence on Buchanan Street pays no respect to the site of Sir John Soane's house with an ugly protrusion - and a huge Wile E Coyote above the entrance wears an 'ironic' kilt. It was also sad that Car Dross seminary, a building by Izi Metstein and Andy Macmillan, was deteriorating. 'It's ironic that Scotland's greatest Modernist building is a ruin,' he said.
Discussion included a suggestion that the new parliament should have an architecture minister - pooh-poohed by Smith, who thought that the subject should be wider to show its influence in many areas. And Sunday Times Scotland property and architecture journalist Tim Dawson urged practices to be proactive in pushing their projects to the press - though of course buildings published there do not count towards research points if you are an architect at a university.
Tombs closed proceedings by announcing that he was off to sift through his many new documents - Dutch architectural policy, European policy, more from the Danish and Norwegians, to prepare the groundwork for a future Scots architecture strategy. 'I think we're behind the game,' he said. 'We need to get stuck in.'