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John Richards (1931-2003)

Former RIAS president and RMJM chairman John Richards has died.

The quintessential John Richards building is the Grade A-listed Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. He also designed the Pathfoot building for Stirling University and was involved with buildings at Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports.

His insistent use of the grid and discipline of detailing gave his buildings a controlled and satisfying harmony.

Richards was chairman of the Edinburgh partnership from 1977-86 and the whole partnership from 1983-86.He was president of the RIAS from 1983 to 1984 and taught at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

He was also a CBE, an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy and a commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland.

RMJM director Mick Duncan said his colleague was fiercely disciplined and wonderfully sociable.

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