It is with deep regret that the practice announces the death of Rob Walker, a former partner of Frederick Gibberd Partnership and a consultant with the practice following his retirement in 2004.
Rob was born in New Zealand and educated at Auckland University, graduating in 1968 and registering as an architect in 1970. Two years later he joined the practice in London, and qualified for UK registration at Kingston University. He was then made an Associate of the practice, becoming a partner in 1982, and was primarily concerned with the running of Frederick Gibberd Partnership. He took the practice into the Wren Insurance Association as one of its original founding members, as well as making it one of the first architectural firms to gain accreditation under ISO 9001. These were challenging times arising from the various changes in the industry as it moved into the digital age, which he faced with his customary good humour and a no-nonsense approach.
He worked on many successful projects including the Riverdale development in Lewisham, the Summit Centre at Gardiner’s Corner, and the Quadrangle on Oxford Street, as well as a wide range of commercial, institutional and cultural buildings undertaken by the practice. He specialised in directing and co-ordinating projects during the detailed design development, tendering and construction phases of commissions, and the administration of a range of contract types.
Rob also had specialist knowledge of construction law, and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1996. He was a member of the Association of Consultant Architects and a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. In 2004 he was awarded the Diploma in Building Conservation at the Architectural Association, London.
After his retirement he pursued various interests including the restoration of a number of Eighteenth century farm buildings in France, and the production of oil from his olive groves. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, whom he met at the practice, and their two sons.