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Gareth Hoskins dies suddenly aged just 48

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January 11 2016

Gareth Hoskins dies suddenly aged just 48
Hoskins Architects founder Gareth Hoskins has passed away suddenly at the age of just 48 after suffering a heart attack during a fencing event on Sunday 3 January begore passing away on 9 January at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary .

At the peak of his career Hoskins had overseen the growth of his practice, establishing a new German office and recently rebranding the studio to reflect the combined contributions of a growing team.

The practice had only just submitted its proposals for the Scottish National Gallery expansion following a protracted and ultimately unsuccessful battle to convert Edinburgh’s Royal High School into a hotel.

Chris Coleman-Smith, co-director of Hoskins Architects, said: “Everyone at Hoskins Architects has lost an exceptional architect, a visionary and a gifted leader, but above all a very good friend. Gareth leaves a huge gap, he was such a special person. We appreciate the very many messages of condolence that have already been received.”

RIAS secretary Neil Baxter commented: “Gareth was 48 and appeared to be fit and in good health. He had some very able people around him and his office will take those projects forward, but his creativity and vision will be sorely missed.”

Professor Christopher Platt, head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art, added: "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.”

Hoskins Architects was established in Glasgow in 1998 and employs 40 people, including 21 architects, based in the South Block creative hub.

6 Comments

stephen miles
#1 Posted by stephen miles on 11 Jan 2016 at 09:10 AM
Really tragic news. A huge loss for the industry, and his family and friends.
Jon
#2 Posted by Jon on 11 Jan 2016 at 10:04 AM
Such sad news, thoughts go out to family, friends and colleagues. Gareth leaves a strong legacy of build and theoretical work, and Scotland has lost one of its greats.
Bill S
#3 Posted by Bill S on 11 Jan 2016 at 10:29 AM
Very sad news today. This will be a great loss to the architectural fraternity throughout the UK, not to mention his friends and family.
David Ross
#4 Posted by David Ross on 11 Jan 2016 at 11:06 AM
Unbelievably sad news. Gareth was the shining light in our year at the Mac. Always the most likely to be successful, in my opinion. It was an honour to have known him, and also to have collaborated with him and his practice colleagues. Our thoughts are with them and his family.
Babak Sasan
#5 Posted by Babak Sasan on 11 Jan 2016 at 11:25 AM
Truly shocked at the news...!
A big loss to Scottish Architecture.
He will be missed.
Our thoughts are with this family and his colleagues.
Stephen Hall
#6 Posted by Stephen Hall on 11 Jan 2016 at 13:28 PM
This is tragic news, gone well before his time. Gareth was a talent the Scottish architectural community should be proud of! He always stood out from the pack during our years studying together at the Mac.

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