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RIAS honours partners of MacMillan and Metzstein

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The RIAS recognised the partners of the late Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland last night (5 November)

Angela MacMillan and Dany Metzstein were awarded RIAS honorary fellowships in recognition of their support of their husbands and the Scottish architectural profession.

Both were praised for their outstanding contributions to contemporary architecture, with MacMillan honoured for her work in education and Metzstein also recognised for her influence in the world of fashion.

RIAS president Iain Connelly said: ‘The architectural profession throughout Scotland and much further afield appreciates the extraordinary and important contribution of the late professors Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein.

‘For decades the Andy ‘n Isi double act led architectural education in Scotland, and their homes were the focus of hospitality for visiting architects and academics from across the globe. Consequently, many of the world’s great contemporary architects have enjoyed the warm welcome proffered by Angela MacMillan and Dany Metzstein.

‘However, this recognition is more than just an acknowledgement of the “behind every good man…” cliché. It recognises the fact that Angela and Dany, as well as being devoted partners and advisers to their respective spouses, have been a source of support and counsel to generations of architects and students of architecture.

‘Their influence and goodwill have been at the heart of Scottish architecture for decades. They are also, of course, both strong women, for whom the cliché “behind every good woman…” might have been invented. As an educationalist, Angela has influenced policy well beyond Scotland while Dany’s contribution to transforming fashion has helped make Scotland a brighter place.

‘The award of the incorporation’s honorary fellowship to Angela and Dany simply gives due recognition to their special place at the heart of the great Scottish architectural family.’

Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein worked together at Scottish practice Gillespie Kidd & Coia and taught at the Glasgow School of Art.

At Gillespie Kidd & Coia the pair worked on St Peter’s Seminary at Cardross, near Glasgow – widely recognised as one of Scotland’s finest post-war buildings.

In 2008, the duo was awarded the RIAS Lifetime Achievement Award and the RIBA Annie Spink Award for their contribution to architectural education.

MacMillan died in August while judging the Doolan Prize, the winner of which was also announced at the awards ceremony.

Metzstein died in January 2012 after a long illness.

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