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Obituary: Georgina Livingstone (1941 – 2013)

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Landscape architect Georgina Livingstone, who worked with several leading architects including Edward Cullinan and CZWG, has died of cancer, aged 72

Georgina Livingstone was born in Dorset in 1941. After leaving art school she began her career working for the furniture designers Robin and Lucienne Day.

After having a family in her thirties, she retrained as a landscape architect at the Thames Polytechnic.

In 1983, Livingstone set up her own practice, working from her Clapham home. The practice’s work kicked off with a large social housing project in Lambeth for the Greater London Council, where she had worked previously designing colour schemes for the interiors of many London schools.

The practice, Livingston Eyre Associates, also worked on the headquarters of the Nationwide Building Society with Edward Cullinan Architects, before moving from Clapham to Shoreditch in 1990.

Later she worked with Cullinan on the 1992 competition-winning scheme for a new visitor centre at Stonehenge, and the Cambridge University Centre for Mathematical Sciences, completed in 2003.

She also worked on a number of National Trust visitors centres with architects van Heyningen and Haward.

Her work as a landscape architect contributed to many schemes with practices including Penoyre and Prasad, Allies and Morrison, David Morley Architects, Short Associates and CZWG.

Katie Melville, who worked with Livingstone on a number of projects, described her as a ‘fiery character, fun, highly intelligent, and a very talented designer’. 

She added: ‘She had a unerring ability to create a well-structured place, and her contribution to a project was always distinctive.  She was passionately concerned with improving the quality of public spaces, and with transforming a run-down urban environment into a well-ordered place of delight.’

Livingstone died of cancer at her home in France aged 72. She is survived by two children.

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