Alexander 'Greek' Thomson Bi-Centenary Travelling Scholarship 2017
The Alexander Thomson Society and the Glasgow Institute of Architects are inviting architects and students below the age of thirty to submit a persuasive essay on the theme of legacy.
Architecture has the unique opportunity to have an active dialogue through time. Reacting to what has come before, responding to the present and place-making to facilitate life in the future. As such, the discipline is intimately concerned with the idea of ‘legacy.’ Whether by a movement, a culture, a person, or a mark on a page, we are informed by that which precedes us. We tap in to an eternity of resources which, in turn, inform what we leave our successors.
What will speak for you long after you are gone?
In an increasingly digital age, where information is exchanged in an instant, the time given to critical reflection and thoughtful projection is becoming a valuable and rare artifact.
Alexander “Greek” Thomson was a founding member and onetime President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. In addition to his international reputation as one of Glasgow’s greatest Victorian architects, he used critical writing as a tool to disseminate ideas. Thomson’s writings expressly promoted his love for classical architecture in contrast to the gothic style, which he reflected upon in his writings “Inquiry as to the Appropriateness of the Gothic Style for the Proposed building for the University of Glasgow” in which he staunchly argues for the former over the latter.
To celebrate the bi-centenary of his birth, the Glasgow Institute of Architects, as Trustees for the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, invite you to submit a persuasive essay on the theme of legacy, accompanied by one image to illustrate your message.
The content and subject matter is open to your interpretation but the essay should present a critical argument and provoke or challenge thinking. We hope to instigate reflections on the theme of ‘legacy’ and its relevance to the discipline of architecture. We look forward to receiving your responses.