As news breaks of Rick Mather's death, Jim Davis remembers a man of great intelligence
The architect, Rick Mather has died aged 75. In a statement issued by Rick Mather Architects, ‘…Rick combined a sharp wit and charming manner, with a playful intelligence, which he brought to his work. He was a generous mentor who shared his enthusiasm with others. American born, he became a leading figure at the Architectural Association in the 1970s, setting up his own practice in 1973.’
I was very fortunate to work for his Camden-based practice as an administrator from 1999-2003, and was lucky enough to see the completion of such wonderful projects as The Wallace Collection, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the South Bank Masterplan. He was a man of great determination, particularly when taking the complexities of an existing building and unlocking spaces with elegant, understated beauty. He was also a man of great intelligence, architectural wit and an occasionally wicked sense of humour.
He leaves behind an extremely talented team led by Gavin Miller, Stuart Cade, Chris Wood and Paul Mullin, all having contributed many years hard work for the practice between them on projects including the extension to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, which won a Civic Trust award in 2000, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA and the extension to the Ashmolean Museum, for which Rick received a Stirling Prize nomination in 2010.
Rick served on the councils of the RIBA and the Architectural Association and was also a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum. He was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed by all those whose lives came into contact with his.
WAN AWARDS Co-ordinator