Kathryn Findlay AADipl HonFRIAS 1953-2014

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The AA was saddened to learn of the death of the much loved and admired Scottish architect Kathryn Findlay who passed away last Friday, 10 January.

Having studied at the AA from 1972 to 1979, graduating with a AA Diploma, Findlay formed the architectural practice Ushida Findlay in Tokyo in 1986 with her then husband Eisaku Ushida. There they found recognition with a series of idiosyncratic and inventive buildings such as the Truss Wall House (1993) and Soft and Hairy House (1994).

The practice relocated to the UK in 1999, with Findlay as Principal Director, working on notable projects such as the RIBA Nominated Grafton New Hall (2002) and Pool House 2 (2009).

Her most famous project came in 2012 when she worked as delivery architect for Anish Kapoor's monumental ArcelorMittal Orbit for the London Olympics. She was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) on the 11 September 2013.

Tragically it was announced just hours before her death last week that Kathryn had been awarded the 2014 Jane Drew Prize ‘for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture’. Please click here for further details from the AJ website.


Colin Anthony Pain AADipl ARIBA 1928-2013

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An obituary written by the sons of Colin Anthony Kirby Pain in memory of their late father, a Hampton Wick resident for nearly 60 years, who died suddenly and sadly on 24th January 2013 aged 84.

"Colin was born in Royal Tunbridge Wells in 1928 and was one of 2 sons of the local Lloyds Bank Manager. A respected architect, he trained at the Architectural  Association in London, where his studies were postponed while serving in the Royal Medical Corps.  His first job was with the private practice of Moiret + Wood and then Robin Boger after which he entered public service and moved to the Housing Division of the London County Council. Later he worked under the inspirational Donald Gibson at Army Works in Chessington, a section of the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works followed by a spell with Air Force Works. The Ministry of Works became part of the Department of the Environment’s  Property Services Agency where Colin rose to be the Director of New Works for London Region with a team of 500 staff. He was given the responsibility of caring for the Government's  14,000 buildings, including the Palaces of Kew, St James, Kensington, Hampton Court, Windsor and Buckingham  Palace, all the museums, all the government  offices, unemployment  benefit offices, married quarters and administering all the external arrangements for Royal and foreign dignitary visits and celebrations (Jubilee etc.). Amongst an enormous  workload he oversaw the Clore extension  to the Tate Gallery and then later was instrumental in delivering the beautiful Sainsbury Wing extension to the National Gallery after Prince Charles’ famous quote relating to a previous proposal “a carbuncle on the face of a much loved friend.” He was responsible  for the  refurbishment  of the  Cabinet  War  rooms  and  was swiftly  at Hampton  Court  Palace  to oversee the securing, fire-­‐fighting and restoration works required by the fire on Easter Monday in 1986 where he  escorted  the  Queen  and  members  of  the  Royal  Family  around  the  still  smouldering  remains.  He  retired  in 1988 and was replaced by two people on the same salary! 

He will also be remembered  for his dedication to Hampton Wick. He was a founder member of the Hampton Wick Association in 1962 established originally to oppose a flyover extension to the Kingston one way system which  would  have  destroyed  half  the  village  and  chaired  the Association  for  many  years.  In  1977  he  and  his wife  Mu  recreated  the  Victorian  festival Chestnut Sunday which takes part on the Sunday closest to May 11th each year (co-­incidentally also Colin’s birthday) and he has attended every year since -­ wearing his Victorian top hat. He is a member of the friends of Home and Bushy Parks and helped man the information desk in the Pheasantry  Welcome  Centre.  He was also a local historian  and often gave talks on the History  of Hampton Wick  and  was  a  strong  supporter  of  the  recently  formed  Hampton  Wick  History  Group.  In  2007  he  was awarded a Community Award by Richmond Council for Voluntary Service for outstanding services to volunteering in Richmond Borough.

Amongst all this he had various hobbies. He was an amateur cinematographer (favouring his beloved standard 8) and cartoonist. He won many awards for his films at the Whitehall Cine club, SERIAC and the IACs top ten as well as internationally.  He was also fascinated with magic lanterns and often put on shows with magic lantern slides and was an active member of the Magic Lantern Society.

With his beloved wife Mu (who sadly died in 2000) he helped form the Thameswick Players Amateur Dramatic Group and used his architectural expertise to build incredible stage sets. He acted once but much preferred to be behind the scenes.

Above all of these activities he will be remembered as a loving family man. A great husband to Mu, a brother to Barrie and a wonderful father to Richard, Michael and David and Grandfather  to Jon, James, Ben , Emma, Hannah, Jessica and Ellie. "

Photo: Colin (left) with friend and fellow student Sandy Miller on the roof of the 7 Bedford Square (then owned by the AA), October 1948.


Edward Fawcett OBE 1920-2013

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David Jacques, former head of the AA Garden Conservation, remembers Edward (Ted) Fawcett, the founder of the course who died on 19 October 2013 aged 93.

"Edward Charles Richard Fawcett came to prominence in 1969 when he was appointed the National Trust’s first Director of Public Relations. He was responsible for expanding the membership greatly, and taking the measures (including the shops) for handling a huge increase in visitor numbers, especially to its gardens. Retiring in 1984 with an OBE, he pursued his great private interest in historic gardens, getting involved at Chiswick, Osterley and in the Garden History Society.

His wife Jane, who was teaching on the AA Building Conservation course at the time, suggested to Alvin Boyarsky, AA Chairman, that Ted might run a complementary course in historic garden conservation. Garden history and garden conservation were rapidly expanding topics, and the course, starting in 1986, was the world’s first of its sort. As with Building Conservation, the course was one day per week over 2 years. Ted’s extensive network in that world paid off in the huge variety of lecturers, and the course thrived.

By the late 1990s it was clear that the course needed accreditation, and it first became a Postgraduate Diploma and then an MA. Meanwhile Ted retired again, aged 80, handing over to David Jacques.

Ted stood for an important shift in the status of garden history and conservation from an amateur pastime to a professional discipline. Possessed of great charm and powers of persuasion, Ted inspired not only a generation at the National Trust but also on his course. Scores of his students currently occupy positions in English Heritage, the Lottery Fund, local authorities, consultancies and academia; others are authors of note.

He is survived by his wife Jane."

Image: Ted trying dowsing at Hampton Court.


Francis Golding MA HonFRIBA 1944-2013

The AA is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of former member Francis Golding last week following a collison whilst cycling in Holborn on Wednesday 6 November.

A respected planning consultant, Golding had advised on some of London's most famous buildings of the 21st Century including Jean Nouvel's One New Change, Rafael Vinoly's 20 Fenchurch Street and extensively with Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners on One Hyde Park, The Leadenhall Building and the soon to be completed World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at The British Museum.

Golding had previously been Secretary of the Royal Fine Art Commission in the late 1990s, was an AA Member from 2002-2008 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA.




Nicholas Wyn Roberts AADipl 1948-2013

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The family of AA graduate and architect Nicholas Roberts wishes to inform the AA Community that he passed away on September 21st. Nick was the son of Cambridge architect David Wyn Roberts, a professor of architecture at Cambridge University, and Nick’s mother, Margaret MacDonald Baird, was also an architect. Nick graduated from Cambridge University, BA Architecture, 1969, and the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture in London in 1972. Several years after graduating, Nick moved permanently to Los Angeles, where he practiced architecture and met his future wife, architect Cory Buckner. 

Nick’s most significant contribution to architectural practice was as an Associate and Project Manager for Leo A. Daly in Los Angeles from 1985-2003, where he was responsible for managing a number of monumental, well-known Southern California projects such as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels by Rafael Moneo, the Los Angeles Convention Center  Expansion by Pei Cobb Freed, and the John Spoor Broome Library at CSU Channel Islands by Norman Foster. Nick’s ability to organize vastly complex projects, negotiate diplomatically, and inspire a team of collaborators brought these projects to spectacular realization. On a smaller scale, Nick collaborated with his wife Cory on the design of their mountaintop home in Malibu and renovations of houses and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Malibu, all designed by architect A. Quincy Jones.    

In 2003, Nick found his true calling as professor of architecture at Woodbury University, and served as Interim Chair of the Undergraduate Program the semester before he passed away. He founded Woodbury’s study abroad program in China, taking the time to learn Basic Chinese so he could communicate more effectively, and then started another such program in India, where his students researched how water conservation could inform architectural design. He was inducted into the Woodbury University Faculty Hall of Fame in August 2013.

He is the author of Places of Worship published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Nick is survived by his wife Cory Buckner and his daughter, Bryony Roberts.


Warren Chung 1975-2013

The AA Community is saddened to learn of the death of Warren Chung who studied at the School between 1995 and 2000.  Warren’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 24th July 2013 and his family extend this invitation to AA friends and colleagues to join them on this occasion.  In keeping with Warren’s unconventional nature, there is no dress code. Family flowers only please.

The funeral service will take place in St Nicolas' Church, Chipping Hill, Witham, Essex CM8 2JS at 12.45pm followed by cremation at the Three Counties Crematorium, Braintree.

Furthering his studies at the AA Warren went on to complete his architectural training at the Royal College of Art. After graduating he had a successful career working as a theme park designer, and later for Lego theme parks across the world. He had in recent last years set up his own practice. Warren was always a playful designer and he made a career out of his love of fun.

Warren was a very social and active member of the school community during his time at the AA and he will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The AA extends its deepest sympathies to Warren’s family on this sad occasion. 


Christopher Shirley Knight AADipl 1925-2013

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The family of AA graduate and architect Christopher Knight wished to inform the AA Community that he passed away earlier this year on January 29th.

After graduating the AA in 1949 with a Diploma, Knight travelled to Chicago and worked for world renowned practise Skidmore Owings & Merrill. He returned to the UK to work with former AA President Dame Jane Drew on the Festival of Britain.

During the 1960's he formed the practise of Knight & Gardiner with fellow AA Graduate Stephen Gardiner, their most prominent building being a private residence for Sir John Baring in Stratton Park, Hampshire. The modernist house they built forms a striking juxtaposition on the site, situated adjacent to an 18th century Tuscan Portico leftover from the demolition of the original house, designed by George Dance.

Christopher contributed articles to many architectural magazines and held strong views on developments and issues in modern architecture. He has generously bequeathed many of his presentation drawings to the AA Archives. 


Mark Fisher OBE MVO RDI RIBA AADipl 1947-2013

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Tributes from around the world have been pouring in following the death of architect and world-renowned stage designer Mark Fisher on the 25 June. An AA Diploma Graduate from 1971 and Unit Master from 1973 to 1977, his practice StuFish released this statement:

We are sad to announce that the stage designer and architect Mark Fisher, OBE, MVO, RDI, died yesterday in London aged 66.

He passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead with his wife Cristina at his side, after a long and difficult illness, which he suffered with stoicism and courage and his customary good humor.

Mark’s work as a set designer and artistic director has transformed the landscape of rock concerts and large scale events over the last 25 years.

Together with his practice Stufish, Mark created the groundbreaking designs for all the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and U2 tours for two decades as well as scores of other artists all over the world.

As well as his work in live music performance he also created designs for theatre productions and musical theatre including We Will Rock You, and Ka and Viva Elvis for Cirque du Soleil.

He was the senior designer for the Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies and was one of the three executive producers at the London 2012 Games ceremonies.

His work influenced not only the colleagues and crews with whom he worked but also surprised and delighted the many millions of people who experienced his designs all over the world.


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Robert James Mackay Sutherland FEng BA FICE FIStructE 1922-2013

Robert James Mackay Sutherland died last month on the 18 May. An outstanding Civil Engineer and prominent member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, James had been a partner with Alan Harris at Harris and Sutherland since 1964 and worked on projects such as the University of Bath and Essex, the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, Warrington New Town Plan and the refurbishment of the Sir John Soane Museum.

A Member of the AA since 1958, he was granted Life Membership in 1999. A funeral service was held in Clevedon, Somerset on 4 June, and the annual Sutherland History Lecture organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers will continue as a tribute to his accomplishments and contributions to the field of engineering.


Paul Stephen Coates AADipl 1969

It is with great sadness that we announce that Paul Coates died in the early hours of Friday the 14th of June 2013.

His major contribution was to the early development of computer systems for architects and his early introduction of computing into Architectural Education first at Liverpool Polytechnic and later at University of East London.

He joined the AA in 1963 in a cohort that included Robin Evans, John Frazer, John Young, Marco Goldschmied, Michael Brown, Peter Colomb, Jane Lamb, Stuart Passey, Richard Bunt, Katherine Macdonald and Henry Hertzberg. Paul Coates immediately made an impact with his original ideas and unconventional approach. In his fourth year he discovered the architectural potential of the scientific discipline of cellular automata that is a technique underlying much generative design and can be seen developed in many recent projects at the AA.

As one of the founders of Autographics (with John and Julia Frazer) he created, wrote and marketed the world’s first micro drafting system several years before AutoCad. A series of highly innovative, friendly yet technically brilliant products were developed over nearly 20 years which won major awards and prizes for innovation and interface design including a British Design Award 1988 presented by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

Paul went on to lead the Masters course at UEL in Architecture: Computing and Design and inspired generations of students many of who now have formidable reputations of their own. He further developed generative design techniques during this period and wrote a book explaining his methods.

He enjoys a global reputation for his significant contribution to the development of microcomputer based graphics and the use of computers in design education and his major contribution to the whole field of generative systems.


Clyde Charles Malby FRICS 1935-2013

We regret to announce the passing away of AA Life Member Clyde Charles Malby. A Chartered Quantity Surveyor who fostered links between the AA and the University of North Carolina, bringing in students from their nearby European campus at Winston House (3 Bedford Square) . Malby also worked with the recently deceased Rick Mather on the refurbishment of the AA bar, restaurant and toilets in 1980. An AA Member since 1969, Malby was awarded Life Membership in 2008.


Rick Mather BArch(Oregon) RIBA 1937-2013

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The AA is saddened to report that Rick Mather died Saturday 20 April after a short illness. Graduate of the AA urban design course (1966), Rick taught a first year unit with fellow American Dale Benedict 1974-77. He set up Rick Mather Architects in 1973, specialising on design and master planning for cultural and academic institutions.

In 1980 he was commissioned a phased restructuring of various AA spaces, including the existing bar, kitchen, exhibition gallery and toilets, and the former photo library, drawing materials shop, triangle bookshop and crèche. Amongst many celebrated projects, the refurbishment of Dulwich Picture Gallery, an extension to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and a masterplan for the South Bank Centre, all from 1999, helped place his practice in the International architectural scene. Their work on the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2010.

He served as AA Councillor 1992-96 and remained an active AA Member.

Photo: Rick Mather opening the AA toilets


Leo Garcia Alarcon Estrada 1982-2013

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Former AA Intermediate Unit 6 student Leonardo Garcia Alarcon Estrada passed away on 28 March aged 30. Leo was a keen photographer and contributed numerous images to the AA Photo Library, exhibited at the AA and featured in various AA media.

Image: Kinkaku-ji Garden Kyoto by Leo Garcia Alarcon Estrada


Ram Karmi 1931–2013

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Leading Israeli Architect Ram Karmi died on 11 April 2013 aged 82. Karmi, who won the Israel Prize for Architecture in 2002, was both celebrated and controversial for his brutalist design on buildings such as the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv's new Central Bus Station, the renewed Ben Gurion Airport and the Holyland project. Born in Jerusalem in 1931, Karmi studied at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, before attending the AA in 1951 where he graduated in 1954. He returned to the Technion to teach from 1964 to 1994 and was later appointed Full Professor of the Ariel University Center of Samaria. He lectured at MIT, Columbia University and the University of Houston.


Charles Cullum 1927-2013

Architect Charles H Cullum died on 04 March aged 86. Born in North Lincolnshire and graduating from the AA in 1953, he emigrated to Canada and became a prominent figure in Newfoundland. He founded his own firms, first The Architect’s Guild, then Cullum and Cullum Ltd and served as president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Newfoundland Association of Architects.





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