Family and friends have paid tributes to architect Edward Bennett, who died earlier this month after his scooter collided with a car in south London
The 40-year-old, who ran his own practice Edward Bennett Architect, had previously worked at Formation Architects (formerly the Halpern Partnership).
Described as ‘a highly sociable person and invariably the last man standing at parties’, Bennett died in Kennington on the evening of 11 January when his Vespa scooter was involved in an accident with a car.
In a statement, his family and friends said they were ‘deeply saddened to announce the news of his untimely death’.
It reads: ‘After five years at Halpern Architects, Edward set up his own practice in 2008 in London. He was responsible for a growing list of successful projects, which blended architectural control with personality and humour. In addition, Edward returned to Newcastle University, where he was an empathic and inspiring final year studio tutor.
‘Developing his architectural thinking over 20 years, Edward was a gifted designer and a talented draughtsman, who would work late into the night developing ideas and solving problems. His projects were focused on people, being a highly sociable person and invariably the last man standing at parties.
‘He leaves behind a wide network of friends, architects and clients, all of whom, along with his family, miss him deeply.’
A webpage has been set up for people to share their memories of Edward at http://edwardbennett.info/work-portfolio.