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Sir Alex Gordon, former riba president, dies at 82

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Sir Alex Gordon, a former president of the riba, has died at the age of 82. Born in Ayr on 25 February 1917, Gordon moved to Wales in 1925 and regarded himself as a naturalised Welshman. He was an articled pupil to the borough architect in Swansea and later studied at the Welsh School of Architecture and served in the Royal Engineers from 1940-46. He set up a partnership with T Alwyn Lloyd in 1946, boasting in 1970 that he was the only practising architect whose partner went to Gladstone's funeral. In 1960 he set up Alex Gordon and Partners, which had offices in Cardiff and London. His major buildings included the training centre for the Cement and Concrete Association at Fulmer Grange, extensions to the National Museum of Wales, university and government buildings, theatres and bridges.

Gordon became riba president in 1971, the first regionally elected member to do so in a long time. Described as quiet and self-effacing, he was a great advocate of team-working and of co-operation between the professions. He served on the Royal Fine Art Commission from 1973-91 and was president of the Building Centre Trust from 1976-87. He was knighted in 1988.

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