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Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning

Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning

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Funded by:  AHRC, The Monument Trust, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Pilgrim Trust

Main contact:  Professor Pamela Robertson

Start date:  2010

End date:  2014

Subject areas:
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery - University Services
Information Studies - School of Humanities, College of Arts

Mackintosh's core activity as an architect is remarkably under-researched, despite the attention given to his achievements as a designer and watercolour artist. Mackintosh Architecture aims to redress this imbalance with the first comprehensive evaluation of his architectural career. The first and last significant overview of Mackintosh's architecture was published in 1952 by Thomas Howarth. However its positioning of Mackintosh as a Modernist is now accepted as outmoded and in need of revision.

This new investigation will be based on first-hand analysis of the buildings and primary sources. All of the known architectural designs will be catalogued, photographed and evaluated. Archival records, including planning submissions, correspondence, office job books, and later surveys, will be evaluated to map out timelines, development of the projects, budgets, and history of change. Clients, colleagues, contractors and suppliers will be identified and researched. Period and selected later photographs will be recorded, scanned and assessed to help determine project history and provide a record of subsequent change.

The Hunterian Museum and Art Galley in collaboration with HATII, Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland.