Michael Squire, the founding partner of London-based architecture practice Squire & Partners, and the architect behind much of the masterplan for Chelsea Barracks, died on Thursday May 4, 2023. Under Michael’s direction Squire & Partner’s has become one of the UK’s most respected architecture practices, winning a significant number of design awards, and establishing a reputation for beautiful, crafted buildings in sensitive urban locations, with Chelsea Barracks standing proudly among them.
8 & 9 Whistler Square and 1 Mulberry Square represent a legacy of Michael’s work: his love of architecture, London, and his extraordinary vision as an architect. He sought to reinterpret the architectural language of London, ensuring each of his buildings were a welcome addition to the city. His architectural practice has changed much of the fabric of modern London, making a truly significant impact on this city he cherished dearly.
Michael was a leading figure in British architecture throughout his five-decade-long career creating some of London’s most important buildings, serving as Jury Chair for the RIBA Awards and as a member of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s Architecture Appraisal Panel.
In a statement, Squire & Partner's said: ‘We are all in shock and still absorbing the loss of an extraordinary man, who touched the lives of so many around the world through his work as an architect and his warm and generous personality.’
At Chelsea Barracks we are deeply saddened by the loss of Michael Squire. Chelsea Barracks typifies Michael’s approach to architecture, it is contemporary but contextual and sits so comfortably within its surrounds honouring London’s tradition of Portland Stone. A charming and incredibly warm and enthusiastic colleague, we are honoured to have worked with him and be the recipients of his once in a generation talent. His passing is a loss to our industry.