Murray Gordon, Prof.

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Prof Gordon Murray


James Weir Building

Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3171


Personal Statement

Gordon Murray has practised in Glasgow and across Scotland for thirty five years. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, at the Royal Scottish Academy and RIAS in Edinburgh, in Rotterdam and Marseilles- as well as in the 2004 Venice Biennale. He was appointed Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, at the University of Strathclyde in 2007 where he is currently also Director of Knowledge Exchange. He has over the last fifteen years occasionally taught in Schools of Architecture in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, and Newcastle as well as the Bauhaus in Dessau, Berlin. In 2008 he participated in a conference and workshop in New Zealand on behalf of Scottish Government and OECD on Inclusion and Integration through Innovation in Design.

He was President of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland 2003-5 and a Trustee of the Lighthouse, Scotland’s  Centre for Architecture and Design, from 2003-09. A member of the Board of Architects Professional Examination Authority Scotland, he was also Chair of SCHOSA - 2010/12 – The Standing Council of Heads of Schools of Architecture across UK.  He is an enabling participant with Architecture and Design Scotland.


As principal in GMA and gm+ad he was design director on several major projects including master-planning and conservation projects. Under his direction the restoration of Central Station and the Heilanmans Umbrella won a Europa Nostra Award for Conservation. In Master-planning a revised approach to the strategy for the second phase of Glasgow Harbour, on behalf of Dandara, found full support from Glasgow City Council. A similar smaller scale strategy was developed for Clydebank Rebuilt for whom the practice went on to build the first phase of John Knox Street, a mixed industrial/storage development which went on to win of several  RIBA Design Awards achieved by the practice. In 2010 GMA were commissioned by Forth Energy (Forth Ports and SSE) to master-plan and develop design strategies for four major Bio-mass power plants on their estates in Dundee, Leith, Rosyth and Grangemouth.


He merged GMA with Ryder Architecture in 2012 and became a Partner in that organisation.  He is responsible for the Scottish office within the practice which he carries out in parallel with his university activities. The office is involved in commercial, education, healthcare and sustainable energy projects across the country.


Current projects within the practice include:


  • Scottish Crime Campus, Gartcosh (completed) – Scottish Government

  • Office Development at One West Regent Street, Glasgow – Mountgrange

  • Criminal Justice and Custody Centre, Aberdeen – Grampian Police

  • Community School – Wick – Highland Council

  • High School and residencies, Lerwick, Shetland – Shetland Islands Council

Professional Summary


Gordon Murray is the Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. 

He has also taught in Schools of Architecture in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast where he has been External Examiner at the University of Ulster from 2003. He was President of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland 2003-5 and a Trustee of the Lighthouse - Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design and the City from 2003-09. He was elected to Council of SCHOSA in 2008 – The Committee of Heads of Schools of Architecture and held the post of Vice-Chairman. He is also on the board of the Architects Professional Examination Authority Scotland.

Two volumes on the work of his previous practice 'gm+ad' , (Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop) are currently available:

gm+ad: Challenging Contextualism  – 2003

gm+ad: Curious Rationalism – 2006.

Recent works:

  • Awards Jury- Chairman of RIBA Stirling Prize Jury at invitation of RIBA President.  The foremost British Award for Quality in Architecture from an International list of projects;
  • Publication- ARQ No. 12 No. 2.  Review of “Visions of Sustainability – Cities and Regions” by Dr. Hildebrand Frey and Dr. Paul Yaneske;
  • Exhibition – Building Biographies – Architecture in Scotland 2006-08. Biennale Exhibition in The Lighthouse – featuring Telford Road Social Housing by gm+ad; 
  • Catalogue – Building Biographies ISBN 978-1-905, 061-18-1;
  • Professional- Appointed Design Advisor to Government of Victoria (AUS) to work on Special Needs School in Glenroy, Melbourne.  Working with Teachers, Parents, Architects and Board;
  • BBC TV World Service Programme participation – “What is Design”.  Architects to a School – Hazelwood;
  •  Exhibition- Invitation by Royal Scottish Academy to submit drawings for Annual exhibition at RSA in Edinburgh.
  •  Title: Five sketches on a theme for a new Special Needs School in Victoria, Australia;
  • Exhibition/Lecture - “The Thinking Hand”, an exhibition of drawings by hand including 1975 Thesis Drawings in The Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. A lecture on the art of hand drawing.


  • A study with GSA Dundee and ESALA on Research - Place Identity Dwelling.

    Murray, Gordon (Academic) Romice, Ombretta (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Sep-2014 - 01-Apr-2015
  • ASSA study on part time learning for Part 2 Architecture

    Murray, Gordon (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Dec-2007 - 30-May-2008

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