Alexander 'Greek' Thomson

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News: Lines of Thought Exhibition

‘Lines of Thought: Tracing Thomson’s Architecture’ is an exhibition of architectural drawing and representation, focussing on the work of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. The Alexander Thomson Society are holding this exhibition, which will showcase works from across Thomson’s vast portfolio, as part of the ongoing celebration of the bicentenary of Thomson’s birth. On show will be…


News: Society of Architectural Historians Conference

Society of Architectural Historians Conference Will Explore Glasgow’s History and Heritage (GLASGOW) May 25, 2017 — Over 500 architectural historians, architects, conservationists and others from around the globe will meet in Glasgow for the 70th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). The conference will run from June 7–11 at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre…


News: Double Villa Competition Results

Thank you to all who entered our Double Villa Competition and everyone who attended our preview evening last night. The results of the competition were as follows: Winner: Thomas Woodcock Commendation: Ben Weir Commendation: Matt Iliffe & Cameron McCue Special mentions: Samuel Penn Gordon David McGregor Amanda Flockhart The exhibition runs in The Lighthouse until 26th…


News: ATS Recognised in Parliament

The Alexander Thomson Society would like to thank Stewart McDonald MP for kindly raising the bicentenary of Alexander Thomson during a parliamentary session, and remarking upon the work being carried out by the Society over the course of this special year. It is an honour for the Society to be recognised in such a way, and we…


The Life of Alexander Thomson

The following post is a re-publishing of Thomas Gildard’s address to the Architectural Section of the Glasgow Philosophical Society, which was appreciatively digitised and published by the fantastic resource that is:, which is supported by the Irish Georgian Society. Thomas Gildard was an architect, an Honorary Member of the Glasgow Architectural Association, and one of…


The Thomson Orchid

We are so pleased this week to present a special, and wholly unexpected, ‘Takes on Thomson’ submission from Christine Nicholson at Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The Gardens, who also celebrate their bicentenary this year, have registered two new orchid species with the Royal Horticultural Society, delightfully named Dendrobium Bicentenary and Pleione Alexander Greek Thomson.     The Society are hugely grateful…


Thomson’s Unknown Church

Thomson’s collection of three churches; Queen’s Park (1868 – 1943), Caledonia Road (1855 – ruined ), and St Vincent Street (1857), are among his most well known works, and deservedly so. Each is a wholly unique approach to a typology that meant more to Thomson than any other, and one to which he could most readily apply…


9th Annual General Meeting

On Saturday the 28th January the Alexander Thomson Society held their 9th Annual General Meeting, our second year occupying the bright and spacious Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery in Glasgow School of Art’s Bourdon Building. As is expected on a typical January day in Glasgow, the weather was unpleasant, and we were really grateful to…


Greek (Non) Thomson

Throughout his career Thomson delivered a number of talks allowing him to present some of his architectural theory as well as displaying his scholarly knowledge of different styles. Of these, the four that are most thoroughly researched and comprehensive were ‘The Haldane Lecture’, a series of four talks delivered in 1874 at the Glasgow School of Art…


Lost Thomson

We have now added a new page to the website providing locations and, where possible, archive images showing Thomson’s lost buildings. Whilst a wealth of Thomson buildings remain there are also a significant number that have been tragically lost over the years. The reasons for these losses are several, from Thomson demolishing his own buildings…

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Founded in 1991. The Alexander Thomson Society works to promote and safegaurd the works of the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.

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