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Obituary: Amarjit Kalsi (1957 - 2014)

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Longstanding Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners practice director Amarjit Kalsi, who worked on Lloyds, the Millennium Dome and Heathrow T5, has died aged 57

Kalsi - who was known as Amo to friends and colleagues - had worked with Richard Rogers since spending a year at the practice during his studies in the late 1970s. After qualifying with a diploma from the Architectural Association in 1981, he joined the Richard Rogers Partnership full time and became a director in 1988.

Born Amarjit Singh Kalsi in May 1957, he worked with Rogers and other key members of the firm on some of its most prestigious projects over a 30 year career including the Lloyds of London building, Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Millennium Dome as well as the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg and Barajas Airport in Madrid.

Other notable projects Kalsi worked on included the Antwerp Law Courts and Leuven Train Station in Belgium and a series of bus shelters and street furniture for Adshel and Cemusa to a design for a lighting system for the Italian company, Reggiani.

His most recent work included taking charge of two new subway stations in Naples, Italy: Capodichino at Naples Airport and Santa Maria Del Pianto, both designed as major transport hubs.

Kalsi’s career also saw him appointed as a judge for the 1998 RIBA Awards as jury chairman for the North and Yorkshire regions. From the late 1990s onwards, he also appeared as a guest speaker at various events including RIBA Architecture and Built Environment Lecture in Sheffield in 2008, the Corus Lecture in Liverpool in 2008 and annually at Pennsylvania University in the US.

A spokesman for RSHP said: ‘We can confirm with great sadness that Amo Kalsi died on Tuesday 26 August 2014. Amo had a great many friends here at RSHP and we are giving as much support as we can to his family at this difficult time. An obituary will follow.’

Alongside his work, Kalsi was a supporter of the Indian Gymkhana cricket and football club in Osterley, West London.

Kalsi, who passed away last Tuesday (August 26) leaves behind a wife and four daughters.

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