Pioneering architect and self-build advocate Brian Richardson has died peacefully aged 80 at his home in the Wye Valley.
Richardson, a lifelong pacifist, vegetarian and champion of travellers, made his mark as an assistant borough architect at Lewisham Council in the 1970s and early 80s.
He led a team which pioneered the council's policy of building family houses with gardens instead of the concrete tower blocks then favoured by the government.
Through his friendship with architect and self-build pioneer Walter Segal, Richardson saw the potential of self-build as part of social housing and inspired key councillors to back experiments in it.
After retirement, Richardson became chair of the Walter Segal Self-Build Trust and co-authored The Self-Build Book
with Jon Broome.
To read an obituary of Brian Richardson written by his friend Jon Broome, visit www.ajplus.co.uk/b_bank/search_results_details/?report_ID=7636&channelid=6by Max Thompson