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Tributes pour in for ‘hugely impressive’ Hoskins

Gareth Hoskins
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Architects pay tribute to Gareth Hoskins, who died this weekend aged just 48

Paul Stallan, Stallan Brand 

‘Gareth was an inspired contemporary of mine whose professionalism and determination to deliver award-winning architecture were legendary. I am so sad that Gareth is no longer with us. He had the courage to build a practice from nothing to become a leading light in the community both regionally and nationally. Gareth had an extraordinary ability to encourage clients to commit to ambitious, design-led architecture.

‘Gareth and I worked together in parallel roles for Architecture and Design Scotland, he as Health Design Champion while I had an equivalent Education remit. Over this period I came to understand why he was so successful. He possessed a quiet, unbending determination and confidence, combined with a keen social and political awareness.

‘Gareth’s achievements are significant. His team’s increasing profile internationally working from a base in Glasgow was hugely impressive. Gareth demonstrated through sheer hard work and charm what was possible and built an especially strong practice structure that will continue to deliver great work. Our thoughts are with Gareth’s family, close friends and colleagues at this time.’

Willie Watt, president, RIAS

’First and foremost, this is a tragedy for Gareth’s family. Our hearts go out to them. It is also a tremendous loss to architecture in Scotland. Gareth’s prolific and award-winning firm has been among the leading architectural practices in Scotland for nearly two decades. His many prestigious projects for major national cultural organisations includes the 2011 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland winning reconfiguration of the National Museum of Scotland. 

‘More recently, his practice has diversified and now operates from its original base in Glasgow and from Berlin. Gareth’s international reputation was growing steadily and he was a tremendous ambassador for Scottish architecture. As all who knew him will also testify, he was a very nice man who, despite his success and growing fame, was invariably modest. As a practitioner and teacher, he excelled. Scottish architecture is much the lesser with his parting.’

Christopher Platt, head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art 

’Gareth was one of the most accomplished architects of his generation in the UK. For those of us who knew him, he was an indefatigable, energetic force for architecture who, at a very young age, set up what has become one of the UK’s most versatile and distinguished practices. He was a natural communicator, a gifted designer and dedicated family man. He will be missed by many family friends within and outwith the architectural profession.’

A statement from Page/Park

’Gareth was always an architect you watched out for. He was always pushing the boundaries of what could be built, challenging the status quo and promoting new ways of serving the public with great architecture.

His loss is Scotland’s loss

’Without his pioneering work, particularly with the National Health Service, the opportunity for us all to contribute to the quality of our environments would be much diminished. His loss is Scotland’s loss, and it is with huge sadness we hear of his passing.’

Gordon Murray, Ryder Architecture

’I first met Gareth when he came for an interview at GMA in mid-1990’s but having left Sunand Prasad’s office to return to Glasgow, his mind was already set on doing his own thing. Having previously established himself in Penoyre Prasad it was obvious that work in healthcare would prove to be a natural area of interest and endeavour.

’However in gathering a great bunch of varied talented people around him in the ensuing years the trajectory of their portfolio was always hard to predict but a succesful future apparent.

’In recent years building on his success in the Museum of Scotland regeneration project another change of direction was evident in work on both magnificent listed buildings and large scale arts venues.

’From Aberdeen to Berlin. We last talked a month or so ago after his presentation of such a project for the Old Royal High School in Edinburgh which followed his usual approach of an intelligent, thoughtful new life; based on a difficult context and brief. Often competitors, we were also often collaborators working together via Architecture and Design Scotland. In that forum his abilities as a teacher and facilitator came to the fore. Several schools of architecture benefited from his wisdom. This sudden loss to his wife and family is incalculable and difficult to comprehend. In the field of Architecture and Civic Society, Scotland has lost a very fine talent.’

Karen Anderson, chair of Architecture and Design Scotland,

’Gareth made a hugely important contribution to the architecture of Scotland – in his award-winning buildings, as an inspiring colleague and teacher, as an ambassador for Scotland’s architecture on the international stage and as a key contributor to our work and development over 10 years where he gave generously of his time, experience and expertise to help shape Scotland’s built environment.

’We are all shocked and stunned to have lost someone so talented and our thoughts are with his family and colleagues.’

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