It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Richard Burton. Richard was Hooke Park’s champion, friend and architect, and we owe him an immense gratitude for the privilege of being able to study and work in this place. First involved as architect for the original campus buildings, Richard was instrumental in helping Hooke Park become part of the Architectural Association in 2002 and then advising on its development as the campus and teaching activities grew. With unrelenting generosity and optimism he shared his passion and knowledge with tutors and each cohort of students, always providing the right mix of provocation, insight and anecdote (including candid descriptions of working with Frei Otto and Ted Happold) to support their design-build work.
With the practice he co-founded, Ahrends Burton Koralek, Richard created the original masterplan for the campus (for the Parnham School of New Woodland Industries under John Makepeace), and – working with Frei Otto and Buro Happold – designed the remarkable Prototype House (1987) and Workshop (1989) buildings which pioneered novel use of roundwood thinnings in architecture and continue to be our prime source of inspiration.
It is impossible to describe the influence that Richard has had at Hooke Park – he will be very sorely missed.
Photo: Richard Burton (left) with John Makepeace and Frei Otto.