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The influence of Andrew Jackson should live on


AJ readers will recall that three years ago an AJ poll voted Andrew Jackson the most influential tutor in Britain. Jackson taught at Edinburgh College of Art from the mid-1950s through to the '80s and an entire generation of architects benefited from his guidance.

Many went on to spread their wings and his teachings across the world. Sadly, Jackson died a few days after learning of the accolade awarded by the AJ.

The school, along with the Edinburgh Architectural Association, wishes to set up a memorial award in his name.

The school does not have a database of ex-students going back far enough to cover even a majority of his pupils. We reckon there are between 900 and 1,000 of Andrew's former pupils in practice around the world and we hope that many of them will be pleased to contribute towards setting up this award.

I would like to ask as many of his former students as possible to give to the fund by sending their contribution to Douglas Read, c/o School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art/ Heriot-Watt University, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh.

Cheques can be made to 'Andrew Jackson Award'.

Douglas Read, Edinburgh

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