The Architecture & Design club dates from 1999 when the University ran a series of seminars, during Glasgow’s year as City of Architecture and Design. Now in our 20th year, we are pleased to bring you a diverse and interesting programme of talks and visits for this coming year.
Committee Members 2020-2021
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Dr Helen Cargill Thompson – an appreciation
Dr Helen Cargill Thompson, Strathclyde University Librarian, and Art Collector and an important contributor to the Strathclyde University’s art collection through the Collins Gallery.
Born: December 1933
Died: 28 September 2020
Dr Helen Cargill Thompson was a very faithful member of our 3Ls Architecture & Design Club and many of you may have seen the excellent obituary by Clare Henry in the Herald on 13th October, 2020 but I wanted to add this appreciation of her from our own A&D Club perspective.
Dr Thompson regarded Strathclyde University as her social life, and our Club was part of that. She rarely missed a meeting or an outing, and was ‘weel-kent’ at all our Christmas get-togethers, where the mince pies and, in particular Diane’s (our Secretary) Christmas cake was a star attraction. Many of you will remember her as a unique character, always happy to contradict the speaker with a kindly interception from her vast knowledge of the buildings and people of Glasgow, the city she loved.
I remember our meeting in January 2013, which was a talk about the Buchanan Gardens Development (that included retail, flats and a unique sky garden) when Helen had a lengthy and erudite conversation with the architect, John Russell, about the original buildings in Buchanan Street his design linked into. He was a bit taken aback but interested nonetheless.
Another memorable occasion was at our Architecture & Design Christmas party on 12 December 2013 in the Victorian Bar of the Tron Theatre. Helen appeared at the door and said in her ‘matter-of-fact’ way and with a beaming smile – ‘it’s my 80th Birthday today!‘ We felt very honoured, and perhaps a little sad, that she should choose to spend it with us. So the A&D Christmas cake was taken to her table for her to make the first cut and all fifty of us sang ‘Happy Birthday’.
She always said that she would leave her house and all the original contents to the National Trust for Scotland, and has now done so. Perhaps that would be an appropriate, future outing for the Club.