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Stan Sherrington (1943-2003)


Readers will be saddened to learn of the recent death of Stan Sherrington, past head of the school of architecture at South Bank University in London.

Stan had been ill for some time with a serious liver complaint and had waited for more than a year for a transplant, which was to have transformed his life. Sadly this was not to be and he died on 20 January, 10 days after his operation at King's College Hospital. His passing was very peaceful, surrounded by those who loved him.

Stan graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff in 1962, as one of only five students to obtain a distinction that year. After registration, he worked as an architect here and abroad until 1968.

He then left architecture for the more glamorous world of pop music and the entertainment business. For two years he acted as the business manager of Welsh singer Mary Hopkin. He travelled the world with her and met and mixed with superstars like Tom Jones, David Bowie and, of course, The Beatles.

After this short break he returned to his real love - architec - ture; first spending a year at De Montfort University in Leicester as a studio master and then moving in 1972 to South Bank Polytechnic (now University) London, as a lecturer in the School of Architecture. It was here that I first met this gentle giant of a man when we worked together in the first year studio.

Stan had so many talents, which he gladly shared and passed on to his students. He was an accomplished watercolour artist and his skills at black and white photography were legendary. He was instru - mental in setting up the architecture school's darkroom, where we collaborated in teaching students the secrets of film processing and printing.

In 1977 he took a sabbatical year's leave in India where he travelled and lectured extensively. On his return to South Bank he was appointed course director of the undergraduate programme and in 1990 he took over the headship of the school.

Stan was a passionate, exciting and gifted teacher who led by example. He encouraged the less able students to aspire to, and to achieve, standards which most would not have done without his care, love and patience.

Stan took early retirement in 1995 as he became more and more frustrated by the way architectural education was changing in the UK. To Stan, universities seemed to be more concerned with budgets, student numbers etc than with the quality of the educa - tion their students received.

He will be sadly missed by family, colleagues and the many successful architects who blossomed under his guidance. His cre - mation will take place at West Norwood Crematorium in London on Monday 9 February at 2.30pm.

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