Professor Isi Metzstein

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Honorary Graduates


Notre Dame College
by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia

Notre Dame College


Professor Isi Metzstein

Born in Berlin (1928) Isi Metzstein relocated to Scotland at the age of eleven. From joining architects Gillespie Kidd and Coia as an apprentice he rose through the practice and subsequently took over its running along with co-partner Andy McMillan. Under their design leadership the practice rose to international prominence in the 1960's and realised a series of award winning buildings, many for the Catholic Church, most notably the 1966 seminary at Cardross. Over the subsequent decade the firm also designed projects for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Hull.

Isi was a Member of the Royal Scottish Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Glasgow School of Art and Robinson College, Cambridge. He served on the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland (1978 - 1990), was a member of the Scottish Arts Council and its Visual Arts Committee (1985 - 1991). He was on the Saltire Housing Awards Panel and chaired the Awards Committee of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. In 1970 he became active in architectural education, holding the Forbes Chair of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh (1984 -1991) and teaching posts at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the University College Dublin School of Architecture and the Architectural Association, London.

Isi died aged 83 on 11 January 2012.