Records of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia Architects 1956-87

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of job files, photographs, architectural drawings and plans for projects undertaken by the architectural firm of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia. Glasgow School of Art holds comprehensive archives dating between 1956 and 1987 and some limited material from the 1930s. A selection of the major building projects are listed below. For details of other Gillespie, Kidd and Coia projects held contact The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections Centre.

Administrative / Biographical History

The archive of this architectural firm was moved to the Glasgow School of Art on the closure of the practice in 1987 and was officially gifted to the School in 2005. This archive is a comprehensive collection of sketch books, design drawings and models, photographs, production drawings and project files of the practice covering its post-war buildings. The majority of the projects covered by the archive are located in the West of Scotland, such as churches in Drumchapel, East Kilbride and Glasgow; educational buildings in Cumbernauld and Cardross; and housing in Dumbarton and Ardfern. However, a significant number of projects were undertaken throughout the UK. Examples include: halls of residence for Hull University; housing at Milton Keynes; Robinson College, Cambridge and the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford. In addition to the material relating to specific projects, the archive also includes financial records, press releases, general correspondence and ephemera.

Arrangement

The material has been arranged into the subfonds Projects and Miscellaneous Office Records. The Projects subfonds have been arranged according to original Gillespie, Kidd and Coia reference codes and further subdivided into 3 series: Job Files, Images and Architectural Drawings and Plans.

Conditions Governing Access

Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Tracy Wilkinson & Mark Tripney, Gillespie, Kidd and Coia Project Archivists

Conditions Governing Use

Application for permission to quote should be sent to the Glasgow School of Art Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.

Custodial History

The archive of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia was moved to the Glasgow School of Art on the closure of the practice in 1987 and was officially gifted to the School in 2005.