In Memory of Tony Smith
BA (Hons) Architecture, ARB
(1971 - 2020)
2001 Certificate Professional Practice, RIBA Part 3, Manchester School of Architecture
1997 - 1999 B(Arch) Architecture, RIBA Part 2, Manchester School of Architecture
1993 - 1997 BA(Hons)Architecture, RIBA Part 1 Manchester School of Architecture
1987 - 1991 BTEC HNC & ONC in Building Studies Central Manchester College of Building
2013 – 2020 Director of Architecture LLarch/Lavigne Lonsdale
2009 - 2013 Senior Consultant/LL and Director Re:form Studio SW
2002 - 2009 Architect Director DAC Architects (now Blue Sky Architects)
1999 - 2002 Architect, Team Leader Harrison Ince Architects
1998 - 1998 Part 1 Architect Studio Blue Architects, Australia
1990 - 1993 Architectural Technician, John Fallows architects
1989 - 1990 Architectural Technician, Kingfern design
1987 - 1989 Trainee architectural technician, Salford City Council
We never ever thought we would have to write a memorial page for Tony Smith - our friend and head of Architecture at LLarch/Lavigne Lonsdale.
Those that knew Tony will remember him as a happy, cheeky, friendly, smiley and fun guy to be around. The life and soul of the party and the office.
Always willing to help out, always willing to get his hands dirty, and always ready to graft at all levels. A hard-working, talented architect who did everything with a smile on his face and who had an answer for everything. With Tony, black was black and white was white - no in-between. His word was his honour and his handshake was enough to seal any deal.
He worked hard for his family and managed to juggle school runs, gym work, running, football and mountain biking alongside running a busy business.
His professional achievements are many. In Cornwall, he was well known as an active member of RIBA, and always tried to take an active role in proceedings. His skill base covered every aspect of the built environment, working on projects including:
Truro master-thinking (Vision study for Truro- his adopted home “town”) ,
Mixed-use masterplanning (Newquay, Penryn & Truro Urban extensions),
Health projects with C1C (Truro health park, Praze-an-Beeble GP, Bude Stratton Hospital and Wadebridge Dental practice),
Oaktree School (Design & delivery for a centre for children with learning difficulties),
Leisure developments (Emerald- the first Code 6 leisure scheme in Cornwall),
Care facilities and retirement living schemes for McCarthy & Stone (Bude, Marlborough, Ottery Sy Mary) and more recently,
Chymaen in Marazion (creative re-use and refurbishment of an existing house),
The Wave project (Charity led scheme for a surf centre for children in need),
CWT – a new headquarters and visitor centre for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Coal Orchard - leading the town centre regeneration of Taunton and finally the regeneration of Penzance town centre.
These are just a few of the legacy projects Tony did whilst he was here. There are, I am sure, so many more from all the places he worked, where he listened and set out his thoughts in the only way Tony knew - with honesty and integrity.
A true Northern bloke who wore his heart on his sleeve, you knew exactly where you stood with him.
We will miss him.
Rest in peace Tony Smith.
Tony leaves a wife (Billie) and two daughters (Eva and Maya) - A memorial trust fund has been set up for them.
Please give generously to support their future.