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City of Glasgow College scoops AJ100 Client of the Year prize

Awards aj100 201713
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Tenacity and attention to detail made the City of Glasgow College stand out among these high-calibre clients

City of Glasgow College was nominated by Reiach and Hall Architects, which has been working with the college, alongside Michael Laird Architects, to deliver two highly complex buildings: the 2016 Stirling-shortlisted Riverside Campus and the just-completed City Campus, providing new facilities for 40,000 students and 1,200 staff.

As client for one of the largest higher education developments in Europe, the college is notable for its total commitment at every step of the design and construction process – a 10-year period, and assigned deputy principal Janis Carson, one of the most senior members of its management team, full-time to the project. 

Tenacity and attention to quality and detail have marked out the college’s approach, essential attributes, given the project’s history of false starts, change of procurement route and the economic background of global recession. 

The college clearly understands that architecture isn’t just about accommodating functions in line with the brief, but can itself be a tool to transform teaching away from ‘chalk and talk’ towards integrated group working and cross-disciplinary learning. The wholehearted engagement of the college in the project’s delivery will pay dividends and benefit generations of students to come over the two buildings’ life-cycles.


  • City & Country; nominated by Purcell
  • Glasgow Life; nominated by Page\Park Architects
  • Imperial College London; nominated by Allies and Morrison
  • Network Rail; nominated by BDP
  • Dr Jean Robillard, University of Iowa; nominated by Foster + Partners
  • UCL; nominated by Hawkins\Brown
  • University of East Anglia; nominated by LSI Architects
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