15 April 1967 – 9 January 2016

Gareth was born in 1967 in Edinburgh and attended George Watson’s College. He trained as an architect at the Glasgow School of Art under Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, where his final two years brought him an opportunity of six months exchange in Florence – a place he forever felt at home in.

Before setting up his own practice, Gareth spent six years in London as an associate with Penoyre and Prasad, working on a number of health, community and arts projects. His work with the firm included the Visitors' Centre at H.M. Prison Belmarsh, for the Tudor Trust.

Gareth returned to Scotland in 1998 and established Gareth Hoskins Architects. Through a series of major competition wins he built one of the leading design practices in the UK, producing innovative, award-winning buildings and environments.

As a leading figure in the UK architectural industry, Gareth was in much demand as a speaker at architectural conferences, and as a contributor to a number of publications and architectural policy documents. He was an advisor to the Royal Institute of British Architects, a design panel member of the Scottish Government’s Architecture and Design Scotland design watchdog; and between 2006 and 2010 held the post of the Scottish Government’s National Healthcare Design Champion.

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 in infuential 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, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. In 2009 Gareth was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy. In January 2010, Gareth was awarded an OBE for Services to Architecture in the New Year’s Honour List.

In January of 2016, Gareth died suddenly, bringing to an abrupt end a developing career that promised to deliver so much more.

Gareth Hoskins by Sunand Prasad
A tribute from his team