Norman Foster has led tributes to his former colleague Nigel Curry who died aged 48 from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma last month
The Foster and Partners founder praised Curry’s ‘deep talents’ and ‘quiet and unassuming modesty’, describing him as a unique ‘gifted individual’ and ‘dedicated team player.’
Foster said the former associate partner ‘lived on’ in the practice’s Welsh Botanic Gardens and the ‘soaring roof’ over the Great Court of the British Museum.
Ken Shuttleworth, who left Fosters to set up Make in 2004, said: ‘Nigel was a gifted architect, his work on the National Botanic Garden of Wales Great Glasshouse is a fitting tribute to his talent and calm, simple approach to design.’
Paul Simms, Make partner and former Foster + Partners employee, said: ‘I will always remember Nigel’s intense enthusiasm for projects and his infectious humour. A tragic loss.’
Curry graduated with distinction from the University of Sheffield and worked at ORMS and Hopkins Architects before joining Foster + Partners in 1993.
His projects included the Basic Medical Sciences laboratory at Imperial College London, the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the British Museum’s Great Court roof. He left Fosters in 2009.
Curry is survived by his wife Helen who is also an architect formerly of the practice.
Norman Foster’s tribute to Nigel Curry
I would like to pay a personal tribute to Nigel. He made huge contributions to the work of our practice and he lives on, not only in the architecture and landscape of the Welsh Botanic Gardens – to which he was particularly close – but amongst others, in the soaring roof over the Great Court of the British Museum.
He brought a keen eye, an intellectual curiosity and great technical skills to all of the projects that he touched. He was that unusual combination of a gifted individual and a true, dedicated team player.
His deep talents and insights were matched by a quiet and unassuming modesty. I write this looking at a group photograph taken in the Great Court, where he stands on the right, alone, but also an integral part of the team
He could not know at the time that he would go on to be one of these very rare architects who would fulfil a personal passion for architecture by designing and building a home for Helen and himself. Even more, he succeeded in making it an essay in sustainability.
I only just heard from Narinder that he was a kindred spirit in his love of cycling and I was moved to hear how he had the bicycle on rollers in his room at the hospital
I write this from afar – the Lake District and the village of Barton is a long way from the streets of New York’s Manhattan. But as I put these thoughts and memories on paper I feel close to those of you who gather together to mourn the loss of Nigel and to celebrate his memory and achievements.
Norman Foster, 29 November 2012