Marco Goldschmied dies at 78 | New

RIBA President Simon Allford has paid tribute to his predecessor as Marco Goldschmied, who died aged 78.

Goldschmied led the institute at the turn of the millennium and closely monitored its activities for the next two decades. Last year he called for the organization to do more to help architects, especially smaller firms, with the skyrocketing cost of professional indemnity insurance.

The architect was also a longtime collaborator of Richard Rogers and co-founder of the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Allford said he had known Goldschmied for “many years” and felt privileged to follow in his footsteps at 66 Portland Place.

“His tenure spanned from 1999 to 2001 – a period of great ambition, when architecture was at the pinnacle of the millennium, Allford said.

“As co-founder and managing director of the former Richard Rogers partnership, his professional credentials are outstanding.

“As I pass the headquarters of Channel 4, Lloyds of London, Billingsgate and the ultimate millennium project – the Dome – I will forever think of the mark he left on the capital. As I will next time I will have the pleasure of visiting the Center Pompidou in Paris.

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Allford described Goldschmied as a “longtime champion of inclusion” who had sought to create opportunities for others.

“In 1998 he and Doreen Lawrence established the annual Stephen Lawrence Prize, established in memory of the teenager who was on the verge of becoming an architect when he was tragically murdered in a racist attack in 1993,” said said Allford.

“RIBA continues to award the prize in Stephen’s name, with the Marco Goldschmied Foundation today.

“I recently re-read Marco’s RIBA election priorities from nearly 25 years ago: a promise to shake up architecture, raise professional standards and the profile of the profession, and a campaign for a review fundamental part of the planning process. He achieved a considerable amount, much of which remains valid today.

“I last saw him at his house where we talked about the challenges ahead. In particular from PII, on which he has done much of the recent groundwork to shape our own project. We will continue this with the vigor and intelligence with which he initiated it. We also talked about his ideas for supporting the next generation and building new paths to the profession.

He concluded: “Marco’s death is a huge loss, and his generosity and passion will be sorely missed.

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