Sir Richard MacCormac 1938-2014

We are all deeply saddened by the news that Richard MacCormac, the founder of our practice, died yesterday evening after a long illness.

Whilst many architects achieve great success, few achieve distinction in all facets of architecture as Richard did.

In design, as one of the pre-eminent architects of his generation; in education, as an inspirational university professor; in the profession, as President of the Royal Institute of British Architects; as a Royal Academician; as a writer of many articles on architecture; and as an insightful adviser to many distinguished organisations.

His name is known throughout the profession.

He was the architect’s architect, able to ‘speak’ through design, but also with a rare gift with words, allowing him to lucidly articulate architectural ideas and philosophy. Richard wore his intellect lightly, constantly perspicacious, but always ready with an anecdote or joke. He was eager to exchange ideas with everyone regardless of age or experience.

Perhaps his most striking attribute was his architectural intuition. Discerning the essence of a building’s design, he could quickly assimilate a set of constraints and opportunities, snatch a piece of paper, and straightaway synthesize them in a deft freehand sketch.

Richard founded our office in 1972 with Peter Jamieson and David Prichard. He was an inspiration to the practice with his constant stream of ideas and an unquenchable enthusiasm for architecture which we all share. He left MJP in 2011 to pursue projects on his own, but we carry his architectural ethos with us in all our work.

Jeremy Estop
27 July 2014

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