Richard Gilbert Scott obituary

By Gavin Stamp

Architect best known for designing Roman Catholic churches and his work on the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London

“My father never spoke to me about creating architecture,” said Richard Gilbert Scott, the architect son of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, designer of the Anglican Liverpool Cathedral and much else. “All he said to me was ‘proportion and scale are of paramount importance’.”

Being the child of a famous artist cannot be easy, and, in his endeavour to strike out on his own, Richard, who has died aged 93, designed buildings that have always been difficult to categorise. They are not pure modernist, or “high tech”, nor are they pedantically traditional. But they are certainly distinctive and modern, while exuding something of the gothic spirit so evident in his father’s work. Manifesting a powerful sense of mass and line, they are also well crafted and detailed.

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