Deborah Stratton, who represented some of the country’s biggest practices over a 25-year PR career, has died after a long illness aged 54
Having worked in-house at YRM, Stratton became one of the pioneers of architectural PR, co-founding the firm Stratton & Reekie in 1985 with Amanda Reekie, following the change to the professional code of conduct in the early 1980s allowing architects to market directly.
A statement released by her firm reads: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Deborah Stratton. Deborah loved architecture, her work and her clients. She had an indefatigable spirit and her wisdom, knowledge, support and generosity will be deeply missed by all who knew her.’
Among the practices and architects she worked for were: Will Alsop; Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands; ORMS; dMFK; Sheppard Robson; Allies and Morrison; and CZWG. She also promoted the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank building and Stansted Airport for Foster & Partners.
Stratton died on 12th November 2009 and is survived by her husband and her two sons.
A private funeral for Stratton will take place on Monday (23 November) and a memorial service will be held early next year.