Summer Nights: Isi Metzstein

in conversation with Charlie Sutherland and Charlie Hussey
1 August 2007

Born in Berlin in 1928, Isi Metzstein relocated to Scotland at the age of eleven. He joined the Glaswegian firm of Gillespie Kidd and Coia as an apprentice and subsequently he and his partner, Andy MacMillan took over its running. Across the sixties, Metzstein and MacMillan realised a series of buildings for the Catholic Church, most notably the 1966 seminary at Cardross. Over the subsequent decade the firm designed projects for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Hull.

Charlie Sutherland and Charlie Hussey are partners at Sutherland Hussey, whose Tiree Shelter was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2003. They first encountered Isi as students and their subsequent work has demonstrated a debt to the way that Metzstein and Macmillan synthesised modernist and Scottish vernacular sources.