A European vision – Robert Adam’s Glasgow


Portrait of Robert Adam, by James Tassie


1992 was the 200th anniversary of the death of Robert Adam, one of Scotland’s greatest architects. To commemorate this, Latitudes Ltd, an international design consortium based in Glasgow, mounted an exhibition at the University of Strathclyde’s Collins Gallery. Titled A European Vision – Robert Adam’s Glasgow, all of the architect’s Glasgow projects were displayed and “many innovative techniques were used to examine his influence on the design of eighteenth century Glasgow”.


Peter Wilson, a Chartered Architect, and Chief Executive of Latitudes Ltd, contributed a most interesting article to Avenue, the magazine for graduates and friends of the University of Glasgow. In this he outlined some of the background to the design and construction of the Royal Infirmary and the Professors’ Lodgings on the High Street. Both projects were linked to the College, as the University of Glasgow was known at the time.


In addition to the article in Avenue, a paper titled A Multi-Media Celebration of Robert Adam’s Glasgow Architecture, by E. Candy, T. W. Maver, and J. Petric, 1992,  is available as a pdf file at https:cumincad.architectuez.net



George Fairfull-Smith, September 2019.