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Building Knowledge

An Architectural History of the University of Glasgow

Nick Haynes


For over 560 years the University of Glasgow has acted as a remarkable patron of architecture. Each generation has sought to maintain and adapt the University’s buildings to the ever-changing needs of a world-class teaching and research institution. Often the University has turned to the finest architects, designers and craftsmen to realise its ambitions. 

Recent survey work undertaken by Historic Environment Scotland in collaboration with the University has unearthed an extraordinary record of these partnerships. Now, for the first time, the story of the University and its buildings can be told through a wealth of never-before-published archive material, ranging from photographs, plans and drawings, to contracts, accounts and personal letters. Building Knowledge traces the development of the institution from its foundation in 1451 right up until the present day. The University’s fascinating buildings – which continue to inspire thousands of students, residents and visitors – have much to tell us about Scotland’s enduring role as a centre of learning and culture in both Europe and the wider world.



Nick Haynes is a freelance architectural historian and historic environment consultant. 

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ISBN 9781849171243


290 x 235mm

Published by:
Historic Environment Scotland

Price: £22.50

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