The Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the ethical practice, art and science of architecture in Trinidad & Tobago.
The TTIA is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of the work of John Gillespie (practicing as Gillespie + Partners) who were in practice in the immediate pre and post Independence era, covering a significant transition period ‘The first 50 years of Independence’.
Gillespie has been in practice in Trinidad for a period of sixty two years from 1957 only retiring in 2019 aged 94.
While to retain focus, the present exhibition of his work is confined to the work in Trinidad & Tobago, the Gillespie Practice also operated throughout the English speaking islands of the Caribbean and in Guyana, to complete a total body of work of +/- two hundred buildings.
The exhibition importantly will show the consistent development of a specific climate based design philosophy that marries functionality with poetic imagination, as expressed in an appropriate science based technology.
Venue: Castle Killarney (“Stollmeyer’s Castle”) Date: Monday 2nd October to Saturday 11th November, 2023 Time: Tuesdays to Fridays: 9 am to 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.
The music you are hearing as listed below was composed in the nineteen seventies last by György Ligeti a Hungarian composer. It is “static self-contained music without either development or traditional rhythmic configuration.” Both music and architecture are arts that are expressed in space and time. Website: gyorgy-ligeti.com
The TTIA wishes to acknowledge the contribution of John Gillespie to the built environment of our country and also to thank him for granting access to his manuscript on Caribbean Architectural Expression.
We also wish to thank:
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and Dominique Innis, the HS Manager of Castle Killarney, Gabriel Woodham for the collating the exhibition graphics, and Sam Bayne for compilation of the 2024 Calendar of Details related to the Buildings.
Gillespie and Partners for access to their photographic archive as well as to those of Dion Wilson, and Stephen Jameson who worked on these buildings and contributed photos, and Marlon Rouse photographer for the inclusion of his photos of the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.
In the words of Mr. Gillespie “Architecture is a complex art that requires contributions from many players. In the context of the works on display, I wish to acknowledge the significance design contributions of architects Colvin Chen, Robert Douglas (deceased), Nalini Keshavan, Dion Wilson, Stephen Jameson, Sharen Bidaisee and Lloyd de Suze. In addition I wish to acknowledge the engineering contributions of the structural engineers CEP Ltd and KS&P, mechanical/electrical Engineers ENCO, facade engineers ARUP (UK), cost consultants Ellis & Associates and the IT Mcleod Partnership.”