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Mookey Rathouse 1939-2012

The family of Samuel (Mookey) Rathouse (AAPlanDipl 1970), who died unexpectedly last September following a stroke, has sent a wonderful recount of the life of the urban designer, architect and founder of Moross Rathouse Partnership. The article tracks Mookey’s career, starting with his arrival from South Africa in the swinging London of 1966, with wife Rosalind, to study Urban Design under Leslie Ginsburg at the AA. It describes  Mookey’s awakening to urban design ideas of the time, about which he would argue with a cohesive group of fellow AA students into the early hours of the morning, in their Bloomsbury Square studio. The work of the practice, all centred in London’s West End, goes from early work on Carnaby Street in the 1960’s (to which the practice would return in the 1990’s) to strategic planning for the recently completed St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden. You can read the full article by clicking the link below:

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Gerhard Kallmann 1915-2013

We belatedly report the death of American architect & AA Life Member Gerhard Michael Kallmann, who died last year. Born in Berlin in 1915, Kallmann came to London with his family in 1937 where he enrolled at the AA, graduating with an AA Diploma in 1941. Moving to the United States in 1948 he went on to teach at Chicago Institute of Design and was appointed Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. He formed Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles in 1962, after winning an international competition to design a new City Hall for Boston, with Columbia graduate student Michael McKinnell. Their Brutalist building became the firm's most iconic commission that unfortunately, like so many buildings of that era, was dismissed by the public it was created to serve. Other prominent projects included the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons HQ in The Hague, the US embassy in Bangkok and campuses for The University of California and Ohio State University.


 

Robert Elwall 1953–2012

Robert Elwall, assistant director of the RIBA’s British Architectural Library and the founder and curator of the RIBA Library Photographs Collection and RIBApix has died.

Read more at:
http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/obituary-robert-elwall-1953-2012/8627535.article


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