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Quentin Hughes (1920-2004)

Seaport (1964), the masterpiece of architect, academic and historian Quentin Hughes, who died on 8 May, was the most important book on the architecture of Liverpool.

It did more than anything else to alert awareness of the quality of the city and docks when much of it was threatened with demolition.The Albert Dock probably owes its preservation to Hughes'book and his later publication, Liverpool.

Hughes main work - on Renaissance and military architecture - comprised Fortress: Architecture and Military History in Malta, Military Architecture and Gibraltar.He also wrote about his notable wartime service in the SAS in his book, Who cares who wins? .

A contemporary of Colin Rowe during his education at Liverpool School of Architecture, Hughes became a teacher at the same institution and was friends with both James Stirling and Dennis Sharp.

During his retirement he became a leading light in the Liverpool Civic Society and the Liverpool Atheneum.

Hughes will be missed in Liverpool - and also in Malta, which he loved.

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