February this year Richard was diagnosed with lung cancer caused by asbestos, his condition suddenly worsened a month ago and he was taken into hospital, he passed away on Friday 5th October in Poole Dorset. The nursing has been the most caring imaginable; the staff being angels and gave him the best care possible.
Richard practiced as an architect, designer, champion of quality and lover of the Swiss. He lived life by his pencil, drawing his way into and out of all sorts of wonders. Always a fun person to be with, always, immediate and with surprise. Design and high quality environment have always been paramount. Richard always encouraging young and old people to “see” and enjoy our freedom, our ability to make and shape things, nothing ever fixed or beyond improvement. Touch … Richard talked about how we are all here for such a small part of time, and how he felt so lucky to have been able to touch our earth, making small contributions to humanity and a better environment, he was modest.
Richard has given us all insight and confidence; showing us to have ideas, how to make connections and relationships between people and things that no normal imagination would see. I am sure you will each have your own personal memories of loves and friendships with Richard. We should take all of these forward with us. Treasure them. Look after them and encourage them grow, just as Richard would like us to.
Richard Manaton Horden RIBA professor TU Munich Director Horden Cherry Lee Architects 26th December 1944 - 5th October 2018