Tributes have been paid to Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins who died at the age of 48 after he suffered a heart attack following a fencing match.
His firm Hoskins Architects carried out the refurbishment of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and won his firm the Andrew Doolan award for the best building in Scotland for 2011. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Architecture in 2010.
Hoskins had been working on several high-profile projects, including controversial plans to convert the former Royal High School on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill into a luxury hotel.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posted on Twitter: “Very sad to hear of the death of Gareth Hoskins, one of Scotland’s finest architects. My thoughts with his family.”
Hoskins set up his company in Glasgow in 1998 and won UK Architect of the Year in 2006 and Scottish Architect of the Year in 2009.
A statement from Hoskins Architects said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that Gareth Hoskins OBE, the founder and Managing Director of Hoskins Architects, has died.
“Gareth, who was 48, took ill at an event in Edinburgh on Sunday 3 January and, despite receiving the best care possible in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, he passed away on Saturday.
“Everyone at Hoskins Architects is deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely loss. Our thoughts are with Gareth’s family.”