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Let's raise a glass to the irreplaceable Cedric


The recent death of Cedric Price leaves a huge gap in the psyche of British architecture. He was our collective conscience, the renegade member of our profession who saw so clearly the social and political contributions we should be making. He reminded us how irrelevant and ineffectual architectural posturing is in the great scheme of things.

He delighted in the imaginative potential of the commonplace and everyday things around us, which should be celebrated and used in unforeseen ways. He had a productive indulgence in infrastructure, trains, cranes and dockyards.

Cedric would always propose harnessing the technology and hardware that existed around us so that the dream could happen tomorrow.

Inspirational, clever, humorous and very kind - he was all these things. He was irreplaceable to family, friends and colleagues, of course, but also to the architectural scene worldwide, where he had an influence.

For several years a few of us have lobbied to get Cedric awarded the RIBA Gold Medal. I understand this cannot be awarded posthumously, so I would like to campaign for this aspect of the RIBA's constitution to be re-evaluated so that such an influential architectural figure can be formally recognised by the Institute. (There is a case for other candidates, such as the Smithsons. ) I understand that on his last day Cedric walked to Rowneys to buy a new sketchbook - what a nice thought for us to imagine how that would have been filled.

In the afternoon he watched the Test match, a reminder to the 'Freddo Frogs' cricket team that our captain has now gone.

Fortunately, for so many of us his influence continues and will never be forgotten. Let's all raise a glass to CP.

John Lyall, John Lyall Architects, London EC2A

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