As we gathered to celebrate the legacy of George Watson on Founder’s Day Principal Melvyn Roffe’s introduction spoke of the thousands of pupils who had benefitted from our founder’s foresight and generosity. They had gone on to achieve success in their lifetimes in whichever field they chose to follow, but were not content merely with that. They, like George Watson, were determined also to make the world a better place.
One such former pupil was our Founder’s Day speaker, architect Gareth Hoskins OBE (Class of 1985). Known for his innovative, award-winning designs, his work includes high profile public projects such as the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, and the Visitor Centre at Culloden to the World Museum in Vienna and major master-planning projects such as the regeneration of the former shipyards in Gdansk.
More significantly to us, Gareth Hoskins Architects has been involved in master planning for future developments at George Watson’s College and with the design of our new Junior School Dining Hall.
Gareth’s speech, illustrated with wonderful examples of architecture, had a single theme, namely that good architectural design is not only beautiful but had the ability to enhance and transform lives. This idea is at the heart of healthcare and community projects he has undertaken. Yet his work always starts with a single line drawn on the page.
He reminded us all how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful city, and to spend time on such a lovely campus. By the end of his presentation it was obvious how lucky GWC was to have such an innovative architect, who focuses on the person who uses the space, to be involved in our campus’ future developments.