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Simon Molesworth (1956-2004)

Simon Molesworth died aged 48 on the 14 April after a long fight with cancer.

There are few in our profession who command an unqualified respect from their peers - Simon was one of these rare people.

His gifts were accompanied by an almost painful modesty.

He was convinced that he had got into Cambridge by mistake - since living in Malawi, he was not given an interview. He then proceeded to get a first-class honours degree.

But great designers are born not taught, and Simon was a great designer. He had a care, a sensitivity and an understanding of beauty through his sketches that was at times breathtaking. He worked with Fairhursts, Renton Howard Wood Levine, Hunt Thompson and Greenhill Jenner before setting up his own practice in the late 1980s.

The house at Hunthay near Axminster, for Simon's mother, is, in the words of The Architects' Journal, 'clear and lucid from its overall formal concept down to the tiniest detail' (AJ 15.11.89). It shows a sophistication and lightness of touch typical of the man.

The local builders working on it even brought their families to see the work at the weekends. Few enough of us are published - even fewer make it to the cover of the AJ, as this house did in 1989. Together with the Civic Trust Award for the best building in Devon that year, this is a fitting acknowledgement of his work.

Simon also taught interior architecture at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University for many years.

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