British architect Kathryn Findlay, Co-Founder and Principal Director of London-based Ushida Findlay Architects, has died. Findlay had been suffering from a brain tumor.
Unaware of her recent passing, the jury of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize just announced her as this year's award recipient. The Prize, awarded annually by The Architects' Journal, recognized Kathryn Findlay ‘for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.'
The Scottish-born architect graduated from the Architectural Association in London in 1979 and went on to teach and work in Japan for the following two decades. She founded Ushida Findlay Architects together with her then-husband Eisaku Ushida in Tokyo in 1986 and returned to Edinburgh in 1999 before establishing her own practice in London.
Findlay is most famous for her projects Truss Wall House (1993), Soft and Hairy House (1994), and, most certainly, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower, the UK's tallest sculpture and intergral part of the London 2012 Olympic Park.
Zaha Hadid, 2012 Jane Drew Prize recipient, after learning of Findlay's passing: "Like myself, in the early days Kathryn struggled as a woman in architecture, but she persevered. I remember her when we were both students at the AA, she was very hard working and enthusiastic. It is shame that she is not here to receive this award personally, but it is lovely that her family get to see her honored in this way." (Quote via The Architects' Journal)
See below for some of Findlay's most notable work.
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