It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rick Mather on Saturday 20 April 2013 after a short illness.

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.

He was widely respected for his sensitive and carefully considered approach, and his innovation in low energy design. Rick’s vision and insight, with its clear logic, and elegant articulation, is reflected in many award winning buildings, both in the UK and abroad.  Rick oversaw many significant buildings, including The Ashmolean Museum, Keble College, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, together with the masterplan for London’s Southbank Centre.

The practice is in one of the most successful periods of its 40 year history, with a range of high profile projects. Rick’s approach and influence will continue with Gavin Miller and Stuart Cade, who have been instrumental in the office over the past 20 years.

Rick leaves a partner, David Scrase.

Rick was an inspirational architect and friend, who will be sorely missed by all.

A funeral and memorial service will be announced in due course.