Robert Matthew – Modern Architect

“Robert Matthew -Modern Architect”

An illustrated talk by
Professor Miles Glendinning

on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm
at Church Hall, Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen AB24 3UJ

on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm
at Church Hall, Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen AB24 3UJ

Old Aberdeen Heritage Society is delighted to welcome a most distinguished speaker to Aberdeen for this lecture.

Professor Miles Glendinning holds the personal Chair of Architectural Conservation at Edinburgh University, and is also Director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies. -“He is the biographer of and acknowledged authority on Sir Robert Matthew, whose life and works are the subject of this lecture. Robert Matthew (1906-1974) ranks as one of Britain’s foremost post-war modernist architects, responsible for countless pioneering schemes and landmark buildings. The best known, of course, is the magnificent Royal Festival Hall in London, one of the finest Modem Movement buildings in the country. Not so well known, however, is the splendid Category “A” listed Crombie Halls of Residence in College Bounds, commissioned by the University of Aberdeen, and opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1960.

Crombie has been described by Historic Scotland as “an excellent and almost unaltered example” of Matthew’s early post-war private practice work, and “among the very best 1950’s Modern Movement buildings in Scotland”. Crombie will, of course, feature in Professor Glendinning’s lecture. All are welcome. Refreshments will follow. Donations appreciated. The Hall is situated on that section of Dunbar Street which leads off the north side of St Machar Drive. It is the second building on the right.

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