Michael Highton, a founding partner in Cecil Denny Highton and most recently the RIBA's honorary secretary, has died.
Highton will best be remembered as a distinguished founder of the practice that was bought by HOK International and became the office's London base. Highton was also well known latterly as an expert witness.
He gave significant service to the RIBA, where he was honorary treasurer of RIBA South and a long-standing RIBA councillor. More recently he was the author of the eponymously titled 'Highton Report' into the activities of the ARB, which called for the board's activities to be pared back drastically.
The move sparked the latest bout of recriminations between the RIBA and the board.
RIBA president George Ferguson said he was saddened to have lost his colleague, adding that the profession would miss his informed contribution to debate.
Highton is survived by his wife, Margaret, and their family.