January 7, 2005
Tributes have been pouring in for one
of British architectures most successful and respected
figures, Richard Feilden, 54, founding partner of UK firm
Feilden Clegg Bradley. Feilden died on Jan 3 in a tragic accident
near his home. He was crushed by a tree he was felling at
his home in the village of Warleigh, outside Bath, England.
He leaves a widow and three children.
Feilden was clearing a glade in the forest in memory of his
father who had himself died three months ago, and towards
the end of the job a tree broke unexpectedly and struck him
mortally on the chest.
Colleagues at the practice of 110 have been "absolutely
devastated" by the news, and partner Peter Clegg said
the loss was professionally and personally "incalculable."
RIBA President George Ferguson describes his death as a tragic
loss of "a great force for good in British architecture."
After studying at Cambridge University and the AA, Feilden
formed his partnership with Clegg in 1978. The practice is
admired for its commitment to environmental design and sustainability.