Alexander Thomson Scholarship 2018: Glasgow 2168


Submission Deadline

Student November 16, 2018

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Glasgow – a multi-layered city with a unique character. Throughout the past centuries, Glasgow has passed through various phases and styles, maintaining a very ingenious dialogue through its architecture. Traces of Gothic, Victorian, Neoclassical, Modernist and many others can be found in the largest Scottish city, making it a place with diverse faces. Much like any other post-industrial city, Glasgow has both maintained its amalgam presence, as well as left a number of issues that can be creatively resolved by the aspiring architectural society. Buildings such as the tenements have proved their durability and have served Glasgow’s community for the past centuries, with their bay windows becoming much like the eyes of a Glaswegian.

What will Glasgow be like in 150 years?

Alexander “Greek” Thomson was a founding member and onetime President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. In addition to his international reputation as one of Glasgow’s greatest Victorian architects, he was a progressive thinker, who coined some essential elements of sustainable housing and the improvement of working class accommodation. His unrealised design for the Glasgow City Improvement Trust in 1868 proposed the re-development of slum housing and a new urban model for Glasgow’s streetscape. His proposal introduced a network of glazed and roofless streets to improve the ventilation between tenements and prevent the spread of diseases, as well as provide safe playground areas for children.

In honour of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, the GIA, as Trustees for the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, invite you to submit a single image portraying how you see Glasgow in 2168.

The image is open to your interpretation and may be completed in any media. It should provoke conversations about the future of Glasgow and visualize a critical argument and view about the city.

How would you see the Glasgow develop throughout the next 150 years? How would you like Glasgow to look 150 years from now? What story dictates the future of this multi-layered city?


The competition is free to enter and is open to all UK-based architects and UK students of architecture who are current students studying towards their Diploma / Masters (or other Part 2 exemption), or who have completed their Diploma / Masters (or other Part 2 exemption) within the last 6 years.

Visit the Competition website for more information.