Student design for a town house in a terrace

M001 Student design for a town house in a terrace

Date: 1888
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

In 1885 Francis H. ('Fra') Newbery was appointed headmaster of the Glasgow School of Art. During his first year, monthly and three-monthly architecture class competitions were introduced, adjudicated and awarded prizes by the Glasgow Institute of Architects. The subjects for each competition were chosen by the adjudicators. 1 These internal competitions formed part of the annual local examinations. For the 'monthly design scheme' competition, entrants submitted sets of original designs which they prepared during the preceding month. 2

In 1887–8, Mackintosh was awarded a class prize of 1 for his design for a town house in a terrace. He was awarded a further class prize of 1 15s 0d and the Haldane medal, shared with classmate William Fraser, for the best set of three-monthly drawings. Examiners William Leiper, John J. Burnet and John A. Campbell, who had also served as visiting teachers for that academic year, commented on Mackintosh's design that they wished 'these efforts had more relation to the knowledge gained by a study of past work. What is desirable is, that the student should adapt all the knowledge gained from any source whatsoever to the requirements of the subject he is called upon to design.' 3

The design is known only from the Glasgow School of Art annual report for 1887–8. No drawings have survived.

Scan Excerpt from GSA report mentioning Mackinstosh design for a Town House, 1887–8, p.24

Notes:

1: Glasgow School of Art archive: Glasgow School of Art annual report 1885–6, GSAA/GOV/1, p. 6.

2: Glasgow School of Art archive: Glasgow School of Art annual report 1887–8, GSAA/GOV/1, p. 24.

3: Glasgow School of Art archive: Glasgow School of Art annual report 1887–8, GSAA/GOV/1, pp. 6, 24.