Goodbye Ryan, we miss you

— Oct 17, 2014, 1:31:53 PM by Charlotte King

21. Ryan tree

Ryan came to us; found us and persuaded us that we really needed him.

We did not know it but we did. He also needed us.

He became one of our family; not as an architect but as one who was committed to what we did.

He believed in us and in the work that we did. He saw us work hard for the projects and people who used them and he gave himself to promoting that. He got us noticed; got us awards; and gave us self-belief that we should be proud of our work. In short he gave more to us than we perhaps gave to him.

Ryan left us all suddenly; too young and too suddenly.

We spent some time understanding that he would not come back; that he had gone to help the angels with their PR and management.

Their gain is our loss.

Now we will move on and have to remove Ryan from our website. We have not removed him from our Studio or our work though.

We remember him and here you may see that we asked his Parents to plant a tree for us outside our Studio in the Sussex Downs so that we would always know that he was here.

‘Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night’

Hwyl Fawr Ryan Diolch

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