Parkhill Abroad - Brian Griggs Researching Texas Tech Architecture Roots in Spain
Written By: Brian Griggs
Date: October 9, 2017
Brian Griggs is a Principal based in Parkhill’s Amarillo Office in the Higher Education Sector. He is currently in Spain, researching his book on the architectural heritage of Texas Tech University. His expertise includes collegiate and multi-facility master planning, charrette coordination, pre-design programming of higher educational facilities, and the design of instructional, laboratory, student life, and residential facilities for community colleges, CTE institutions, and universities.
These photos were taken in the Gothic cloister of the Siguenza Cathedral northeast of Madrid. Siguenza is an eclectic complex with works built between the 1200s and 1700s, but the Portada del Capilla (entrance gateway to the chapel) for the Capilla del Santiago Cebedeo (James son of Zebedee) was first documented by the noted Scottish architect Andrew Noble Prentice in the 1880s.
Prentice’s drawings would inspire William Ward Watkin in the ground floor entrance to the two Carillon towers of the Administration Building at Texas Tech.