|History + purpose||The Leicester and Leicestershire Society of Architects was founded in 1872 as a branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects, which was established in London in 1834.
Both RIBA and LRSA share the objective of promoting architecture and raising the profile of architects.
We inform the general public through guided tours, events and exhibitions, liase with other professional bodies and work with the RIBA East Midlands office to coordinate regional activities.
|The LRSA also is engaged in the planning process, locally through its seat on the Conservation Advisory Panel at Leicester City Council and in the region via individual architects on the OPUN Design Reviews Panel for the East Midlands.
We continue a long tradition of contributing to education at the Leicester School of Architecture, in particular through the President's Prize awarded to the winners of the annual charette, a one day design competition open to students in all years.
|Council members||Nigel Rawson (Joint President)
Adam Smith (Joint President)
Michael Cooper (Honorary Treasurer)
Richard Crowson (Honorary Secretary)
Sylvester Cheung (Past President)
Keith Cooper (Affiliate Member)
David Gibson (Hon Life Member)
Dr Arthur Lyons (Hon Life Member)
Tony Parr (Hon Life Member)
Robert Schmidt III (Loughborough University)
Alf Sharman (Hon Life Member)
Neil Stacey (Leicester School of Architecture)
Alex Stewart-Long (Student Member)
1952 - 2020
|Reflections from former colleague and friend, David Gibson, (Retired Architect).
It is with great sadness I have to report that on Thursday16th April 2020 Keith, whilst on his bicycle, collided with a lorry in a tragic accident.
Up to the time of his untimely death Keith remained exceptionally active, continuing to undertake work on a range of projects in his professional capacity as a respected Conservation Architect and offering constant support to his family, while still finding time to pursue a wide range of hobbies including yoga, photography and especially, cycling. In the above circumstances it is perhaps ironical that cycling played such a significant role in Keith’s life, spanning from his teenage days when he aspired to being a champion of national significance for his age group, to having great satisfaction in still being sufficiently fit and able in his maturing years to enable him to accompany his son, Robert at last year’s Ride London.
Keith, a former pupil of Altrincham Grammar School, qualified as an Architect from Bristol University from where he progressed to work with a number of architectural practices, whose reputations were recognised both nationally and regionally, such as Whitfield Partners London, George Grey Partners Derby and Building Design Partnership Manchester, before being introduced to me in 1984 by my long standing friend, Alex Caven architect from Nottingham, to launch The Gibson Hamilton Partnership (GHP) in Loughborough.
Together, Keith and I worked as business partners for 23 years before GHP was bought out by B3 Architects from Cardiff. Keith and I were retained as Directors of B3, prior to the practice being merged with Darnton Architects in 2015 to become DarntonB3.
From 1984 to 2007 the GHP, under the joint stewardship of Keith and I, together with an impressive team of fellow architects, assistants and other supporting staff, was responsible for delivering an impressive range of projects, ranging from extensions and alterations to small domestic buildings, to major sports and leisure projects, including overseeing the realisation of an essential component of the 2012 Olympic Games and its subsequent legacy, at Eton Manor.
Although Keith, as a Partner of GHP, was fully involved with helping to deliver the overall workload of the practice his particular specialisation revolved around Conservation. Having completed the course at the then Leicester Polytechnic he received a Diploma in Conservation of Historic Buildings before becoming a Grade ‘A’ Accredited Architect In the Conservation of Historic Buildings. Due to his expertise and experience he quickly gathered a reputation for being able to offer sound and knowledgeable advice across a broad range of conservation projects.
He was the architect responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of in excess of 50 historic churches, many of which were examples of prominent Grade 1 and Grade 2* Listed buildings, located in the Dioceses of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Peterborough and Southwell. He was also the former Architect to the Churches Conservation Trust in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Non ecclesiastical projects undertaken by Keith included work at:
• Nottingham Castle new visitor attraction• Lincoln Crown Court, Lincoln Castle repairs to roofs and interior• Britannia Panoptican, Trongate, Glasgow - restoration of 1850’s Music Hall on behalf of Historic Scotland and Glasgow City Council• Newarke House, Leicester measures to ensure DDA compliance• Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow drawings to aid restoration of wall paper, fabrics and interiors• Warwick Court House and Yeomanry Museum new TIC and part HLF funded project• Papplewick Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire part HLF funded to develop potential tourist attraction• Staunton Harold Hall, Leicestershire repairs to external fabric, lead statues and stonework• Worcester Shire Hall restoration of roof, stonework and steps on behalf of the Combined Court Service• Leicester University Engineering Building Preparation of Conservation Management Plan for this iconic Grade 2 Listed Building.
Other organisations that benefitted from Keith’s active involvement during his career in his capacity either simply as a member and or as an officer, included, Derby Civic Society, SPAB, the Victorian Society, the Men of Stones and the Twentieth Century Society.
I am confident that Keith’s many friends and contacts will join me in offering Keith’s wife Karen, his stepdaughters Catriona and Rachel, his children Holly, Robert and Jane, together with all their families, including seven grandchildren, our most sincere condolences and expressions of sorrow for Keith’s premature death.
On a personal basis, I conclude by saying, “Thank you Keith for all your kindness and support over many years and for always being prepared to share your enthusiasm and vitality for what you considered to be worthwhile causes, both as an architect and most importantly, as a human being …………………... you will be sorely missed!”
David Gibson: 01. 05. 2020.