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Mac bosses mull return of architecture students

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Architecture students could get greater access to Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building when work to restore the damage from last year’s devastating fire is complete

It has emerged the art school is considering proposals to broaden the range of students using the grade A-listed Mac building following Page\Park Architects’ restoration.

The news would be good for young architects - who are currently based across the road in the Bourdon Building. However fine-art lecturers have expressed concerns the proposals would come at the expense of art students’ access to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s purpose-built painting studios.

School director Tom Inns confirmed that the institution was looking at options for changing the mix of students using the building when the studies resume.

‘The Mackintosh Building is an incredible and inspirational resource from which as many GSA students as possible should be able to benefit,’ he said.

‘As part of the restoration project development we are exploring many options for how we can ensure this, but no decisions have been made at this point.’

Glasgow-based architect Alan Dunlop questioned the need for architecture students to have studio space at the Mackintosh Building.

‘Mackintosh’s school of art once included studios for students of architecture but were primarily made for painting and sculpture where a high level of ambient north light is required and that’s how they should remain,’ he said.

‘A refurbished Mackintosh Building would be a great venue for reviews and exhibitions but students of architecture no longer require natural light as most work these days, sadly, is done on lap tops and computer.’

A Glasgow School of Art spokeswoman said the Mackintosh Building was expected to return to academic use in 2017-18.

The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art

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