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Lecture Series | John McAslan + Partners

This week EUSAS welcomes Paul East from John McAslan + Partners.

‘We believe that buildings should be underpinned by a powerful idea; that the idea should be an intelligent and logical response to functionality and a sense of place; and the power of that idea should be embedded in the built form.’

John McAslan + Partners is developing a masterplan which will enhance the celebrated Burrell Collection, with its spectacular setting in Pollok Park. Completed in 1983 and designed by Barry Gasson, John Meunier and Brit Andresen, the Burrell's vast collection of art and artefacts is world-renowned. However, in recent years the Museum's attendances have been declining and the aim of the project is to develop a long-term strategy to address and reverse this position, returning the Burrell to its pre-eminent position as a world-class cultural institution. The restoration will bring about a fourfold increase in the L-shaped building’s floor space, allowing 90 per cent of the museum’s 9,000-item collection to be displayed.

Paul East is currently working on the practice’s refurbishment of the Burrell Renaissance in Glasgow, having joined JMP as an Associate in 2017 to head up the Edinburgh office. During his career he has designed, developed and completed a wide range of projects across all sectors, including cultural, education, retail, residential, commercial and health ranging from £20K to £150 million. He has particular expertise in the heritage, cultural and museum sectors.

The lecture will be preceded by a short talk about EASA, the European Architecture Student Assembly. Founded in 1981 by architect students, EASA organises a workshop every summer which Edinburgh architecture students will have the chance to apply for this year.

Speaker: Paul East
6:30 - 7:45 (doors open at 6:15)
Adam House Lecture Theatre
Free to all EUSAS members
Complimentary drink
£5 For non-members £6 For non-students
Membership available at the door (cash only)
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Image: The Burrell Collection (Image: John McAslan + Partners)


Earlier Event: January 26
Lecture Series | Baxendales
Later Event: February 16
Lecture Series | Sir Peter Cook