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MacDonald steps down at Glasgow Lighthouse

The head of The Lighthouse in Glasgow, one of Britain's leading architecture centres, has stepped down.

Stuart MacDonald, director of Scotland's National Architecture and Design Centre since it opened in 1999, is leaving to take control of Gray's School of Art at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Due to depart in July, MacDonald has turned the centre, housed in Charles Rennie Mackintosh's former Glasgow Herald building, into a world-famous institution.

'Put simply,' said Janice Kirkpatrick, the chair of The Lighthouse Trust, 'MacDonald consolidated Scotland's position as a key international player in architecture and design, and a source of creative people and business.'

Macdonald worked as a teacher and at Glasgow's 1996 International Festival of Design before joining The Lighthouse as its first director.

The question now facing The Lighthouse bosses is 'who's next?' Unsurprisingly a number of familiar names have already been rumoured to be linked to the post.

And Graeme Russell, the Scottish former head of programmes at the RIBA and the mastermind behind the forthcoming Le Corbusier show in Liverpool, has already ruled himself out.

He said: 'It will be a challenging job - a great position. However, at this point in time working for the RIBA is a lot of fun and I have no intention of going for it.'

by Richard Waite

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