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Work of leading Scottish architects to go on show

An exhibition celebrating two of Scotland's most controversial architects has received Heritage Lottery Funding and will open in autumn 2007.

The exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, called Gillespie, Kidd & Coia: Architecture 1956-1987, will mostly feature the work of Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, who led the practice in the mid-1950s.

The two designers blazed a trail for Modernist design in Scotland, creating Brutalist churches, schools and hospitals for a post-war generation.

Leonie Bell, exhibitions and programme director at The Lighthouse, said: 'Gillespie, Kidd & Coia is one of Scotland's most illustrious practices.

'Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein's buildings are among some of the most significant examples of 20th-century architecture, and together make an important contribution to European Modernism.

'Through this project we are aiming both to celebrate the buildings and to tell the human stories behind the people who designed them and those who use them.'

One of MacMillan and Metzstein's greatest buildings, St Peters' Seminary at Cardross, near Glasgow, ( pictured), is at present almost a ruin.

For more on the current state of the seminary, and the issues surrounding its re-use, see the Building Study in this week's AJ, out tomorrow (14.09.06).

by Richard Vaughan

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