Tuesday, January 26, 2016

We are delighted to have received a donation of books belonging to the late James Gowan, the Glasgow-born architect who was in partnership with James Stirling from 1957-1963.

Modernity and reinvention: the architecture of James Gowan, ed.by Ellis Woodman
Mr Gowan studied here at the Glasgow School of Art, where he became immersed in the Gothic style, before joining the RAF to serve as a radar mechanic during WW2. He completed his studies at Kingston School of Architecture in London after the war. He and partner James Stirling went on to design the famous Engineering Building at the University of Leicester, which is credited as being the first postmodern building in the UK.

Los Angeles: the architecture of four ecologies, Reyner Banham
After his partnership with James Stirling ended, Mr Gowan went on to design housing schemes in Greenwich and Essex, as well as a four-storey house for Chaim Schreiber, leading furniture manufacturer of the 1960s, in Hampstead, London. Mr Gowan also taught at the Architectural Association, Heriot Watt University, and the Royal College of Art in London, where he inspired many architects, including Richard Rogers.

Building footprints, by Eduardo Sacriste

We're delighted to receive a selection of books which represent Mr Gowan's interests and the era that he worked in, including texts by architects such as Reyner Banham who admired Mr Gowan's work.