Comment on: Colin Stansfield Smith (1932-2013)
This is indeed a very sad loss to the architectural profession. Sir Colin was my academic tutor during my Diploma in Architecture course at the University of Portsmouth until my graduation in the summer of last year. In my studio groups thesis design, we worked on the regeneration of Portsmouth and Gosport Harbour underneath a concept in which he proposed entitled 'Edge City'. During this time he persevered in us the critical understanding of the Architect as someone, through a clear and passionate vision, could impart a positive change towards society through design. The profession is entering an uncertain future, the Architect is dogged by economic limitations and sidelined by a diversifying design team. Sir Colin will be sadly missed. His guile, his conviction and his passion to the nature of what it means to be an Architect, and his resolution to the importance of design in raising the quality of our environment, is ever more relevant. To all students that shared in his knowledge and experience by working under him as a tutor, I hope we can take these lessons he taught and hope it can help us to champion the necessity of vision and ambition that we can bring to the design team, and engender a robustness to the profession for the future.