‘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 a selection of 17 of Thomson’s very rare original drawings, alongside the work of others who have recorded or interpreted Thomson’s designs in a range of media including pen and ink, digital renderings, models, publications, sketches, film, and the more abstract work of artists.


South Kensington Museum competition entry, design by Alexander Thomson


The exhibition principally contains original drawings of Caledonia Road Church, but also includes the unexecuted design for the Howard Street Warehouse and the South Kensington Museum as well as various detailed drawings of cast iron and stencil designs.

The intention is to reveal the industrious, creative as well as the more complex side of the architect, his prolific imagination and unique architectural contribution to the architecture of the city of Glasgow and the Clyde estuary.


Elevation of the Mossman’s Sculpture Studio, by Alexander Thomson


The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 13th biennial international conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association, entitled ‘Space, Time and Meaning’ hosted by Glasgow School of Art and organised by the Mackintosh School of Architecture and the School of Simulation and Visualisation.

‘Lines of Thought’ is curated and organised by The Alexander Thomson Society, with assistance from The Mitchell Library, Glasgow Institute of Architects, Glasgow School of Art and The Lighthouse.

The exhibition runs from Friday 18th August – Sunday 8th October, Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 5pm, Sunday 12am – 5pm, admission is free.


St Mary’s Church, Edinburgh design by Alexander Thomson