Mackintosh Campus Project

The Mackintosh Campus Project is the transformational estate plan for The Glasgow School of Art’s Garnethill campus.

The project encompasses the exemplary programme of restoration in the world-famous Mackintosh Building, and it’s return to the heart of the GSA campus, together with the purchase and refurbishment of the former Stow College building, which will become the new home for GSA’s School of Fine Art. The project is supported by the Mackintosh Campus Appeal.

Bringing back Mackintosh’s original academic configuration of a collaborative school of art, the restored Mackintosh Building will become home to our entire first year community, giving every student – emergent architect, designer and fine artist – an experience of studying in its inspirational spaces. This requires an imaginative and bold approach to how we transform the rest of our estate. The Mackintosh Building restoration is to be completed during academic year 2018/19. 

The School of Fine Art will relocate into the former Stow College building, allowing all of the disciplines from Fine Art, in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, to be housed together in one building for the first time in over 50 years.

The former Stow College building, most recently home to Glasgow Kelvin College and originally a Trades School, was designed by Glasgow based architects Whyte and Galloway in the 1930s. Both James Whyte and William Galloway are GSA alumni, and studied in the Mackintosh Building when the East Wing opened in 1899. 


In April 2014, the official opening of the Reid Building took place, marking the completion of Stage 1 of the GSA’s long-term campus redevelopment plan. The consequences of the Mackintosh Building fire, which followed shortly afterwards in May 2014, required the School to pause and reconsider its approach to the further stages of campus redevelopment. The Mackintosh Campus Project is the outcome of this period of reflection. 

The Future

At a total project cost of £80 million, the resultant transformation of our estate will be pivotal to our academic ambitions: for growth across our portfolio the creation of new studio spaces that encourage collaboration within and beyond our disciplines, with other academic partners, industry, the third sector and each other.