Gareth Hoskins dies suddenly aged just 48
January 11 2016
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.
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