Chris Dyson takes a look at the Glasgow School of Art’s end-of-year show
Glasgow School of Art is an excellent school and in rude health. The school practises [perhaps unfashionably today] a very European form of modern architecture with a rational approach to spaces, structure and materials that relates directly to historic urban contexts, typified by some of the past greats Stirling, Khan and Corbusier. Much of the work displays a synthesis of practical function down to the central heading and lighting levels with refined architectural detail adorning the grandest spaces.
There is an evident interest in pursuing the contrast between tradition and innovation and between the differing qualities of light in spaces displaying an architectural creativity of the highest order. I saw an energy and optimism in the work on display. In particular, the fifth year displayed the skills of honed craftsmanship and sophisticated master builders – confident and knowledgeable with drawings of beauty and clarity.
The stand out students in this year’s show were, Joshua Murphy, Finn Wilkie, Shotaro Oshima, Michael Wong, Jack Hughes, Holly Gardener and Takumi Sanada to name a few. Once, Mack students were known for being vociferous and opinionated about the direction of the school and took part in protests and marches. Today, students seem to have other distractions – high fees, limited studio hours and more demands on their skills. They seem quiet and reserved. Students! Now more than ever is your time to be more demanding. You are the customers in this environment so make demands and shape your future!
Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects