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The sketches of Gareth Hoskins

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Marking a mermorial service to commemorate the life of the late Scottish architect, Hoskins Architects shares never-before-seen drawings with the AJ

Last Saturday (19 March), a public memorial service was held to commemorate the life of the scottish architect Gareth Hoskins who died unexpectedly following a heart attack in early January at the age of 48.  The service was held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which Hoskins Architects famously refurbished. Hoskins’ family and colleagues extended the invitation to all to join this celebration of his life and outstanding achievements.

’It was a very moving tribute and Gareth is going to be particularly missed,’ said Hoskins Architects director Chris Coleman-Smith. ’It was good to have the chance for so many people to celebrate his life and mark his passing. People came from all across Scotland and the UK and it was touching to see the deep regard they all shared for Gareth.’ 

To mark the memorial, Hoskins Architects shared with the AJ eight sketches - five of which have never been seen before - from Gareth’s inspiring and much-loved sketch books. They range from early ideas jotted down for the Aberdeen Art Gallery , a project which is currently onsite and is due to open to public by the end of 2017, to more detailed designs for the National Galleries Scotland project (submitted for planning and due to complete in 2018) and the Neue Burg museum entrance in Vienna, due to open to the public in 2017

Fellow Hoskins director Clare Kemsley said: ’Gareth effortlessly produced wonderful three dimensional sketches as he talked at internal design reviews and client meetings. The bold, simple, felt-pen drawings provided an instantaneous means of communicating his conceptual thinking on how the spaces and circulation routes of a building might come together.’

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