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Obituary: Allen ‘Mick’ Matheson (1926-2014)

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Former president of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Mick Matheson has died at the age of 88, the organisation has announced

Matheson, who was RIAS president from 1981 to 1983, worked on many notable buildings throughout his career, including the Queen Mother’s Hospital, in Glasgow (1964), the University of Glasgow Mathematics Building (1969), and Monklands Leisure Centre in Coatbridge (1978).

Born in Egypt, Matheson was educated at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, and Edinburgh College of Art from 1948 to 1953.

He was elected ARIBA in December 1953.

From 1955-56 he worked as architectural assistant in the architects department of the South-East of Scotland Regional Hospital Board, and from 1956-59 he was a senior planning assistant in the county architects department at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Matheson returned to Scotland to become an assistant in the practice of Joseph Lea Gleave and subsequently became a partner.

The practice was subsequently renamed Dorward Matheson Gleave and Partners, and then the Matheson Gleave Partnership.

RIAS President Iain Connelly said Matheson had left a lasting impression on the nation’s architecture.

‘Mick Matheson was a highly regarded figure in Scottish architecture and a fondly remembered RIAS president,’ he said.

‘His contribution to our built environment, both through his buildings and his tremendous work for the GIA, the Incorporation and SBCC will long be remembered.’

Matheson is survived by his wife, Cath, and his two sons.

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