Keeping it in the family
It is unusual for an obituary to engender a warm and happy feeling, but that was my overriding reaction to reading the recent piece in the Guardian about the architect Richard Gilbert Scott. He was probably little known to the general public and yet his name is somehow familiar to most. And why? Because his great grandfather was Sir Gilbert Scott, who designed St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial.
And that is not all. Gilbert Scott's son, Gilbert Scott Junior, was also an architect whose achievements included masterminding Dulwich College. He had two sons, Adrain Gilbert Scott and Giles Gilbert Scott, who both became architects. Giles won the competition to design Liverpool Cathedral at the impressively early age of 22. And he was Richard's father. I hope you are keeping up!
Richard first started working with his father and then inherited his practice. Despite continuing with some of his father's projects, including Liverpool Cathedral, he was very much is own man. He designed new buildings at the Guildhall in London, framing the courtyard.
I think I may have met him there once.
All this is lovely, but most heartwarming perhaps is a note at the end of the obituary. 'He is survived by Eline and their four children, Nicholas (who carries the profession of architecture into the fifth generation), Louise, Fiona and Belinda, and five grandchildren.' Now that's what I call a dynasty.