Sunday, May 05, 2002

Obituary: David Gosling,
architect, urban planner

By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        David Gosling designed buildings in London, gave lectures on urban design in Singapore, and wrote his doctoral thesis on Brazilian architecture while working in Sri Lanka. But thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright, Dr. Gosling decided to make Cincinnati his home. The architect and urban planner died Wednesday at Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community of liver disease. The Clifton resident was 67.

        “He was always on the go, always solving problems. He threw himself at life,” said his wife, Miriam Gosling.

        In 1989, Dr. Gosling was offered the newly created position of Eminent Scholar of Urban Design for the State of Ohio. Then living in England, he had reservations about moving to the United States until he discovered the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Clifton was for sale, his wife recalled.

        Here, he helped create an exchange of ideas between architects locally and abroad, in addition to performing research and publishing books.

        Born in Manchester, England, Dr. Gosling studied architecture at Manchester University before moving to the United States where, in the mid-50s, he earned a master's degree from Michigan Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and another in architecture from Yale University.

        He then returned to England and worked for public and private firms before studying architecture in Brazil, in 1961. There, he met Miriam Vieira Lima, in Rio de Janeiro and married her three years later.

        In 1965, Dr. Gosling became deputy chief architect of a government-designated New Town — a town created for low-income families — in Merseyside near Liverpool. He and his family moved to Ayrshire, Scotland, two years later, where he designed an award-winning New Town called Irvine.

        After five years in Scotland, Dr. Gosling became the chair of architecture at Sheffield University. Under his direction, the school and his students won numerous awards.

        He earned his doctorate from the university in 1986.

        Dr. Gosling received a Progressive Architecture Award for urban design solutions for rust-belt cities in Pittsburgh and an American Institute of Architecture (A.I.A) Cincinnati honors award for excellence in architectural advancement for his book Gordon Cullen: Visions of Urban Design.

        Besides his wife, Miriam, survivors include a son, Stephen of New York City, two daughters, Christina of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Ana-Lucia Warren of Dallas; a sister, Maureen Barker of Manchester; a brother, John Gosling of London; and four grandchildren.

        Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Monday at Anderson, Baiter & Sahnd Funeral Home, 3412 Clifton Ave., Clifton.

        Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Annunciation Church, 3547 Clifton Ave., Clifton.

        Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, St. Bernard. Memorials: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3949 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati.


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