Stephen Hodder pays tribute to former RIBA President Sir Richard MacCormac

RIBA President Stephen Hodder has paid tribute to RIBA Past Presidnet Sir Richard MacCormac, who died aged 75 at the weekend.

"Richard’s death is a great loss to architecture. ‘His inspirational work extended the humanist and crafted tradition of British architecture whether it be at the Cable and  Wireless Building, Fitzwilliam College Chapel, or the Ruskin Library at the University of Lancaster.

"But for me it is his collegiate work in Oxford which is so memorable. The Bowra Building for Wadham College, Jowett’s Walk for Balliol, and the Garden and Kendrew Quadrangles for St John’s, all are beautifully made buildings rooted in their place and tradition. But it is the Sainsbury Building for Worcester College which stands out, with its rigorous and inventive plan; a building which is as much about the wonderful setting of the college as it is about the city it engages with.

"He was a remarkable, cerebral but accessible architect who transcended the worlds of academia and practice. However, when he came to see me earlier this year, still distressed from his BBC experience, I was reminded of his significant contribution to the RIBA as its president in the early 1990s. Richard instigated it’s journey towards a more outward facing institute, to promote architecture to a wider public; a journey that continues today.

"He will be sorely missed by so many."


There are a number of obituaries to Richard you may wish to read, including these from the Guardian, Telegraph and BBC.


Posted on Thursday 31st July 2014