Records of the Glasgow School of Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland, 1903-1964

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1903-1955
  • Student records 1908-1964
  • Financial records 1954-1963
  • Calendars and prospectuses 1948-1960
  • Correspondence 1944-1964
  • Newscuttings 1947-1965

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow School of Architecture, Scotland, was founded as the result of consultations between the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College and the Glasgow School of Art in 1904. The School was jointly funded by the two institutions although it never achieved its own premises or staff, with classes operating between the two institutions.

The School offered a Diploma in Architecture that was heavily revised following the 1914-1918 war in order for it to be recognised by the Institute of British Architects. The course was available part-time to allow students to work and study simultaneously and a BSc in Architecture was offered from 1924. From 1927, the evening classes were held at the Glasgow School of Art and the day classes at the college. Even though both institutions followed the principle of co-ordination, in truth, the two classes acted independently. Following a review in 1937, the joint committee decided to centralise the teaching at the Glasgow School of Art, although the choice was changed to the Royal Technical College on the grounds of lack of space. The Glasgow Institute of Architects were in favour of the Glasgow School of Art, seeing their profession as belonging with the Fine Arts. However, a compromise was reached and the certificate course was held at the School of Art and the Diploma would be gained at the College.

This continued until 1965 when the joint committee was abolished and both institutions set up their own courses.

John Butt, John Anderson's Legacy: The University of Strathclyde and its antecedents (East Linton: Tuckwell Press Ltd, 1996)


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The University of Strathclyde

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Manual file level list and index cards available in searchroom

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 4 December 2001

No alterations made to date

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Retained in the custody of the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College, the Royal College of Science & Technology, and then the University of Strathclyde


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GB 0249 OE Records of the Royal College of Science & Technology

GB 1694 GSAA Records of the Glasgow School of Art Archives


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