Released April 22, 2013
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is deeply saddened at Rick Mather's passing. Over the last two years, PEM has had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Mather to develop plans for the museum's 175,000-square-foot expansion. Mr. Mather leaves a strong architectural legacy of humane and sensitive design, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts expansion, the Ashmolean Museum expansion, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the National Maritime Museum at Greewich and the Wallace Collection. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Mather's family and friends at this difficult time.
"We have been profoundly saddened by Rick Mather's death. In the relatively short but concentrated time in which the museum worked with Rick, we were continually impressed by his insights, ingenuity and dedication to the critically important role of architecture," said Dan Monroe, PEM's Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO.
Rick Mather Architects (RMA) is a leading architecture and urban design practice based in London, U.K. with a reputation for delivering high-quality, innovative, award-winning projects with a special interest in the cultural and education sectors. RMA has won more than 50 awards in recognition of the design quality of its work, including two nominations for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize. A native of Oregon, Mather went to the U.K. to study urban design at the Architectural Association in London, and founded his practice in 1973.