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Kathryn Findlay passes away following tumour battle

January 13 2014

Kathryn Findlay passes away following tumour battle
Ushida Findlay, co-founder of Ushida Findlay, has passed away at the age of 60 following a fight against a brain tumour.

Findlay, born in Forfar in 1954, spent 20 years working in Japan where she founded Ushida Findlay with her then husband in 1986.

Best known for her work designing the Orbit tower at London’s Olympic Park the designer was inspired to enter the field of architecture following a trip to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Findlay became famous courtesy of a unique fusion of Japanese influences in her work; best exemplified by the Soft and Hairy House, Tokyo.

Findlay was recipient of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize for her ‘outstanding contribution’ to the status of women in architecture.

1 Comment

Mike Farningham
#1 Posted by Mike Farningham on 13 Jan 2014 at 19:13 PM
About 1972, as an Art and Design teacher
at Forfar Academy, Kathryn was my first sixth year studies pupil. She was a superb pupil - mature, questioning and confident. Her project was based on landscape painting and, frankly, she needed little guidance from me. She was a superb draughtsman with an unerring eye for colour and tone. Little did we think at that time that she would abandon Fine Art for Architecture, but perhaps we should be glad that she did. Our paths crossed occasionally in the intervening years, but unfortunately not nearly often enough.

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