Gareth Hoskins, OBE, B. Arch (Hons), Dip Arch, M. Arch, RIBA, FRIAS
“The story of Gareth Hoskins Architects is an important element in the early 21st century revival of contemporary architecture in Scotland – an architectural movement that is notably original, outward-looking, and confident.” Hugh Pearman, Editor of the RIBA Journal
It is entirely appropriate that Helensburgh, world renowned for the architecture of Mackintosh, Paterson, Leiper & Wemyss, should be home to one of the fastest rising, and most influential, stars on the British Architectural scene today.
Gareth was born in Edinburgh in April 1967, where he spent his formative years. Having developed a talent for creativity, Gareth left school to train as an architect at both the Glasgow School of Art and at Florence University. In 1992 he joined Penoyre and Prasad as an associate, where he worked on projects ranging from the visitors’ centre at Belmarsh Prison, the care home at Lambeth, Mayesbrook Health Centre, the Young People’s Centre in Bridgwater and Wolverhampton Civic Halls. After six years with the company in London, Gareth returned to Scotland and set up Gareth Hoskins Architects in Glasgow in 1998. In 2003, 5 years after establishing his practice, Gareth and his family moved to Helensburgh. Through a series of major competition wins Gareth Hoskins Architects has become one of the UK’s leading design practice, producing creative, innovative, award-winning buildings and environments.
Gareth’s architectural experience covers a wide range, from large scale regeneration and commercial projects to public sector projects, and from community and healthcare to major cultural and heritage initiatives. Gareth’s projects include the Art Park at Bellahouston, the Bridge Arts Centre, the architecture gallery at the V&A Museum, the Mackintosh Interpretation Centre at The Lighthouse, Robin House at Balloch and the award winning Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre. Gareth also had the distinction of representing Scotland internationally, when he designed the critically acclaimed ‘Gathering Space’ for the 2008 Venice Biennale.
As a leading figure in the UK architectural industry, Gareth is much in demand as a speaker at architectural conferences and is a contributor to a number of publications and architectural policy documents. He is an advisor to the Royal Institute of British Architects, on the board of the Scottish Government’s design ‘watchdog’ Architecture and Design Scotland, and since 2006 has held the post of the Scottish Government’s National Healthcare Design Champion. In 2009, Gareth was appointed as an Academician (or member) of the Royal Scottish Academy, an elite independent body of artists and architects founded as Scotland’s oldest artists’ collective. Academicians are elected by their peers and are Scots by birth or domicile, the majority living and working in Scotland, from the Orkney Islands to the Borders.
Gareth won UK Young Architect of the Year in 2000, UK Architect of the Year in 2006 and in 2008 was named in the number one spot in Architecture Scotland’s Power 100, listing the most influential people in the industry. In the same year Gareth was awarded the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award in the Arts Category – the first time an Architect has received this award.
2009 has seen Gareth’s incredible award run continue with the collection of three major awards in the Scottish Design Awards, including the award for ‘Architects of the Year’.
Gareth’s current projects include a major development for the National Museum of Scotland, a golf resort development in Aberdeenshire and a new visitor centre for Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. But it’s not just some of the world’s finest museums and heritage sites that benefit from Gareth’s expertise.
As a local man, Gareth has shown a keen interest in potential design projects within the Helensburgh & Lomond area. He is currently working on set of proposals for a new swimming and leisure complex for Argyll & Bute Council, is assisting Hermitage Primary school with its new play area, and recently produced a proposal for the Helensburgh Heroes charity aimed at restoring the now disused Patterson designed former East Clyde Street School. Another local landmark building which has caught Gareth’s imagination is the Cardross Seminary which was originally designed by Glasgow architects Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan and is regarded as a key example of Modernist design. Gareth is currently working with Urban Splash, a company that specialises in converting and redeveloping former industrial buildings, and the building's owners to determine whether the building can be saved and redeveloped.
Gareth was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Years Honours List.
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