V&A Dundee opens its doors this weekend in Kengo Kuma’s magnificent building at the heart of the city’s waterfront.
This is a project in which the University has been closely involved since its very beginning. The original idea was sparked at the University, which led to us making the first pitch to the V&A to consider Dundee as a location.
As a founding partner of the project we retain strong links with V&A Dundee. Just one sign of this was our award to Kengo Kuma of an honorary degree at our graduation ceremonies this summer.
Our mission as a University is to transform lives, through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. V&A Dundee is a project that is already showing it can help transform a city, with a growing awareness and changed perception of Dundee around the world. Not often have the Wall Street Journal, Lonely Planet, CNN and other global media been highlighting Dundee as one of the world’s 'must visit' places, just one product of the 'V&A effect'.
This is the story of how that original idea was sparked and how the University helped make it happen.