It was with great sadness that we heard the news in late December of the death of Gavin Stamp.
Gavin had a long association with 78 Derngate dating back to his interest whilst at Cambridge in the 1970s. As both Professor at The Mackintosh School of Architecture of the Glasgow School of Art from 1990 to 2003 and as an independent writer and scholar he championed the work of Mackintosh. He was greatly troubled by the fire at the Mackintosh Building in 2014 and wrote a typically forthright piece in The London Review of Books which did not hold back either in its title “Toshie Trashed” or in its assessment of the disaster.
Readers of ‘Private Eye’ will have known Gavin’s writing under his pseudonym ‘Piloti’. This, his many books, contributions to learned journals, media appearances, educational work and his tireless support for conservation groups such as The Twentieth Century Society and also The Victorian Society earned him a place in the pantheon of British architectural writers.
We were delighted over several years to welcome him to 78 Derngate with groups from The Victorian Society of America. His personal kindness, wit and vast knowledge left a lasting impression on those who met him. A reading of the numerous tributes online and in print since his passing reveals a testament to how respected he was and how widely his loss has been felt. We express our sincere condolences to his family.
Gavin Stamp. Architectural historian, writer and broadcaster. 15th March 1948 – 30th December 2017.