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‘Superb advocate for architecture’ Sharon McCord dies

Sharon McCord, depute secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has died following a long battle with kidney cancer

The 45-year-old Edinburgh-resident – who was made a RIAS honorary fellow – died at St Columba’s Hospice in the Scottish capital yesterday morning (11 November).

McCord raised £3,500 for cancer charity Maggie’s Centres in a sponsored walk in June. OMA’s Gartnavel Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow picked up this year’s Doolan Prize last week just days before she died.

RIAS president, Sholto Humphries praised McCord as a ‘superb advocate’ for Scottish architecture and a ‘great supporter of a profession she believed in deeply.’

He said: ‘Her work over the past five years for the Royal Incorporation has strengthened the organisation and helped deliver a level of public recognition and political respect which is arguably greater than at any time in our long history.

‘She innovated, provided assured guidance and, in the present incarnation of the RIAS Quarterly, created a journal which is hugely appreciated by our membership and envied by many other organisations.

‘She was a tremendously supportive colleague and a great friend. Her wit, enthusiasm and determination were all applied in her crucially important role within the RIAS. She will be much missed.’

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