Scots modernist designer Andy MacMillan has died

MacMillan suffered brain haemorrhage while judging awards event

Andy MacMillan.
Andy MacMillan.

Modernist designer Andy MacMillan has died after suffering a brain haemorrhage while judging this year's Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Awards.

The architect joined Gillespie Kidd & Coia in 1954 from the Scottish East Kilbride Development Corporation, where he formed a partnership with Isi Metzstein.

Neither architect was fully qualified, yet by 1956 they had assumed creative control of the company.

MacMillan served as head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture between 1973 and 1994, during which time Gillespie Kidd & Coia was dissolved. He continued to teach at the Glasgow School of Art up until his death.

"Andy was a great architect, an educator of international renown and one of the finest human beings it has been my privilege to know," said Iain Connelly, president of the RIAS, and a fellow judge of the Andrew Doolan Awards, which honours the best new buildings in Scotland.

"Andy's contribution to Scotland was among the most significant of any architect in the post World War II era. He will be remembered as someone who lived life to the full, who inspired all those he taught and all those who encountered him, as an individual of enormous talent, tremendous enthusiasm and irrepressible fun," he said.

RIAS secretary Neil Baxter said: “There will be architects the length and breadth of Scotland and well beyond who will be very saddened at the news that the great flame that was Andy’s enthusiasm and joyous embrace of architecture and life has been extinguished.”

Tony Chapman from RIBA also paid tribute. He said: “In his writing and his broadcasting Andy embodied creativity, wit and irresistible spirit.

“He wrote on urban design, design method, architectural education, Glaswegian and Scottish Architecture and on Charles Rennie Macintosh [Scots architect and water-colour artist]. He was also the author and presenter of the [TV] series Six Scottish Burghs demonstrating his easy erudition, charm and impish humour.”

The architect is survived by his wife Angela, his son and his three daughters, who are inviting donations to the restoration fund for St Bride’s Church, East Kilbride, in his memory. 

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