JGA 25th Anniversary Exhibition and Events

John Gilbert Architects is delighted to announce an exhibition and series of events to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Throughout April, May and June 2018 we are hosting an exhibition and talks which examine John’s career, tenements, housing and debating their future.

We are delighted to partner with Glasgow City Heritage Trust to deliver this programme of events to celebrate John and the practice’s contribution to the preservation of Glasgow’s built heritage and the welfare of its inhabitants.

More information and ticket bookings are available via Glasgow City Heritage Trust

Exhibition: Tales of Tenements 

20 April to 30 June 2018
Open: Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm
Venue: GCHT HQ, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

Glasgow City Heritage Trust is hosting an exhibition of drawings and models showing traditional tenement types, details and scenes. John Gilbert’s illustrations for the Tenement Handbook, Historic Environment Scotland and a myriad of local authorities provide a characterful and clear insight into the arrangement and construction of tenements, and have been an invaluable resource for those looking to understand or explain these buildings over the years.

Tales of Tenements will tell the story of John Gilbert’s first forays into architecture and activism as a young man growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s, before moving to Glasgow in 1976 and becoming involved with ASSIST and community action groups campaigning for healthy and well-maintained homes.

John worked on tenement restoration projects throughout Glasgow and co-authored the Tenant’s Handbook and The Tenement Handbook while at ASSIST, before setting up John Gilbert Architects in 1992. The exhibition will include drawings of iconic Glasgow tenements such as Caledonian Mansions by James Miller on Great Western Road, and 33-35 Saltoun Street by Adam & Short (made famous by Avril Paton’s Windows on the West painting) as well as found photographs and objects from John’s personal collection.

Prints of a selection of John’s drawings will be on sale, with 50% of the proceeds going to support the Glasgow City Heritage Trust’s ongoing work.

John Gilbert in Conversation 

Wednesday 9 May 2018
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: Sloans Ballroom, 108 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8BG 

Andrew McConnell of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust will discuss John Gilbert’s life and career with him, from growing up in Belfast to his early career as an activist, restorer of buildings and an architect and setting up his own practice in Glasgow. 

They will discuss the in influences in John’s life that have shaped his work and led him to focus his career on conservation and social housing. John will discuss the projects he has completed across Scotland, both with Assist Architects and as John Gilbert Architects, and also in support of community action groups. 

This event will provide a fascinating insight into John both as a person and as an architect, and will be beautifully illustrated by photographs, drawings and objects from his personal collection. 

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The Tenement in Glasgow 

John Joseph Burns & Professor Douglas Robertson
Wednesday 30 May 2018
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: GCHT HQ, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

This double lecture will consider the development of ‘The Tenement in Glasgow’ from their original design and construction, through to periods of decay and neglect, and then subsequent restoration and preservation. 

John Joseph Burns, an architect in Glasgow, will discuss his research into the tenement as an architectural typology in Glasgow. Showing examples of the early tenements that rose around the High St through to the inter-war tenements of the 1930s. 

Professor Douglas Robertson of the University of Stirling will then discuss the factors that contributed to the neglect of tenements, the emergence of movements and organisations focussed on saving them, and the policy that followed. 

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Futures Debate: What is the future for the tenement and social housing in Scotland? 

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: GCHT HQ, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

In this event panellists will discuss a wide range of issues relating to the future of the tenement in Scotland. Topics will include ongoing maintenance and repair, adaptability of the tenement type, the design of contemporary tenements, and the future role of housing associations. 

Panellists will include: 

  • Annie Flint, co-author of the Tenement Handbook and the Under One Roof Website;
  • Andy Wightman MSP, Green Party representative for Lothian and campaigner for reform to the legal and financial frameworks that govern common properties;
  • Ann Nisbet, an architect with Ann Nisbet Studio and member of the Camphill Gate Residents Association who are working to save their Category B-listed tenement in Shawlands.

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