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Professor Neil Gillespie OBE RSA RIBA FRIAS: Trustee

Neil Gillespie joined Reiach and Hall in 1978, becoming a director in 1987. He has been design director and chairman of Reiach and Hall Architects since 1999 and in that time has led a number of high profile projects; Maggies Lanarkshire, Glasgow College, Riverside and City Campuses were shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2015, 2016, 2017, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney and the NDA Archive, Wick won the RIAS Doolan Award for Best Building in Scotland Award in 2009 and 2018 respectively. The Pier Arts Centre was also a finalist in the Mies van der Rohe Prize as well as winning a Europa Nostra Heritage Award 2009. Neil is an experienced academic and is currently visiting Professor at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen and the University of Sheffield. He has also been Honorary Geddes Professor at The University of Edinburgh and alongside various external examiner roles. He is currently External Examiner at Kingston University. Neil has been a design critic at many architecture schools across the UK and lectures extensively, both on architectural theory and practice in the UK and internationally. In addition to his practice and teaching commitments Neil is an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), he has been a member of the RIBA Honours Committee, responsible for selecting the RIBA Gold Medal recipient, and has also been an RIBA Awards Judge on a number of occasions. Neil currently sits on the National RIBA Awards Committee and has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council Capital Lottery Funding Committee; a Trustee of the Scottish Sculpture Trust; a board member of the Edinburgh Film Theatre and the Lighthouse, Glasgow; a participant in the City of Edinburgh Design Review Committee, as well as being architectural advisor to the University of Edinburgh. Neil co-founded ‘sleeper’ with Professor Alan Johnston in 2000, a gallery space that exhibited national and international artists and has worked closely with a number of artists throughout his career. In 2014, Neil and Reiach and Hall curated a month-long residency at the Venice Biennale, entitled ‘Scotland + Venice’. Neil was awarded OBE for Services to Architecture in the Queen’s Honours List, in 2011.

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