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QUT Professor helps save iconic Glasgow landmark

11 September 2015

QUT Adjunct Professor George Cairns has provided rare drawings of the historic Glasgow School of Art (GSA) to aid in its reconstruction after a major fire last year.

Professor Cairns made the original drawings of the Mackintosh Building when he was a PhD student at the school in the early 1990s.

The drawings are the most comprehensive of the building in existence and will be used by the team restoring the iconic library in the wake of the devastating fire last May.

Professor Cairns presented the plans to GSA Director Tom Inns during a visit to the school in late August.

"I am delighted to be able to return to Glasgow after so many years and to be able to donate this set of drawings which I made as part of my doctoral thesis to the GSA," Professor Cairns said.

"I hope very much that they will prove of interest and use to the teams working on the restoration of the Mack, and to generations of students who have the privilege to study Mackintosh's masterpiece," he said.

Built between 1897 and 1909, the Glasgow School of Art is an iconic and famous landmark in Glasgow, often considered the masterpiece of the artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The restored building is not expected to reopen until the 2017-18 academic year.

By Kristen Skinner
QUT Business School

Prof George Cairns (left) and Prof Tom Inns (right) review the drawings.

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