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KAP's Platt named new Mac head

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Christopher Platt, the director of Glasgow-based Studio KAP, has been named as the new head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture after an ‘exhaustive’ search

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) confirmed that Platt, who is currently director of graduation studies in the Department of Architecture at The University of Strathclyde, will take over from existing head David Porter who is to retire.

Platt said: ‘The Mackintosh School is moving into its most exciting phase so far and it is a tremendous privilege to be part of that and lead this hugely ambitious school in a challenging time for both the architectural profession and Higher Education.’

Professor Seona Reid, director of the GSA who led the appointment panel said: ‘The appointment to this important role follows an exhaustive recruitment process which attracted international interest.

‘That we were able to find someone of Christopher’s calibre and standing already working in Glasgow reflects the international position which the city and the School have in architecture and design and the talent of those working within them.’

Platt will join the GSA at the end of October.


With more than 30 years in practice both in the UK and internationally [Berlin and Ethiopia], half of which has been combined with working within architectural education and research, Christopher’s research interests include dwelling and place, detail, the design process and architectural pedagogy.  These, together with his ability to present a “Glasgow voice” to architectural and educational issues, his commitment to practice-led, studio-based education and research, provides a good fits with the Mackintosh School’s existing areas of research strength in environmentally sustainable architecture, urban design and place-making and provides a platform for growth.

Platt worked as a project architect in Oxford with Maguire & Co and was involved in sensitive alterations to historic University buildings such as in Magdalen College and new buildings in the grounds of ChristChurch and Corpus Christi College.  

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