Allford Hall Monaghan Morris associate Gabriel Musat has died in a swimming accident while on holiday, the practice has announced
According to Italian newspaper reports, the 61-year-old drowned while trying to save his wife, who was struggling in strong currents off the coast at Pilone, a hamlet in the municipality of Ostuni in Puglia, Italy.
Musat’s wife, Luminita, who works for BDP, survived the incident after being rescued by onlookers.
Born in Romania, where he had studied architecture, Musat moved to the UK in 1988 and worked for GMW, SOM, Avanti and Barnet Council’s Architects’ Department, before joining AHMM 13 years ago.
The practice will be hosting a celebration of his life at AHMM’s office on Tuesday 17 October.
Statement from Paul Monaghan on behalf of AHMM
It is with great sadness that we write to announce the tragic news that our colleague and friend, Gabriel Musat, died in a swimming accident on 6 September while on holiday with his wife, Luminita, in his beloved Puglia.
Having worked closely with Gabriel for over 13 years we are all devastated by this heartbreaking news. As well as being a highly valued colleague, Gabriel was also a personal friend to many within the practice and among the wider industry.
Gabriel was born in Romania where he studied architecture at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest before moving to the UK in 1988.
He worked for a number of well-known London-based practices including GMW, SOM and Avanti, as well as spending three years with the London Borough of Barnet’s Architects’ Department, before joining AHMM in 2004. Gabriel brought with him a high level of experience, which was a vital addition to the practice at a time when it was embarking on a range of increasingly complex and large-scale projects. Unsurprisingly, therefore, Gabriel was one of the first members of staff to be given the title Associate in 2008.
His contribution to many projects – most notably Unity in Liverpool, Barking Central, Westminster Academy, St John Bosco College in Wandsworth, New Scotland Yard, Television Centre in White City and, more recently, Taberner House in Croydon– was characterised by his calm demeanour, his technical know-how, his organised approach and his attention to detail. I know also that Gabriel was particularly proud of his work in supervising many of the plots for the Olympic village. Over and above his project work, Gabriel acted as a mentor to many who were less experienced than him, and was pivotal in the introduction of a number of practice-wide procedures, standards and systems which will be a significant part of his legacy.
He will be deeply missed.
Steve Sanham of HUB Developments
Gabriel was a key part of our Taberner House project team, a great and technically untouchable architect, and a thoroughly nice guy to have around. The team at HUB will miss him dearly