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Obituaries and tributes

De Montfort University is proud to honour the lives of alumni, former staff and friends of the University. If you wish to inform us of the death of an alumnus, please contact us at and we will update this webpage. 

Brian Avery MBE (2 January 1944 -  4 July 2017)

Bryan Avery MBE has passed away at the age of 73. Bryan studied architecture at De Montfort University's predecessor, the Leicester College of Art, graduating in 1963. 

In 1978, Bryan established the practice, Avery Associates. which shut earlier this year. Here, his theoretical studies were allied to a passion for materials and construction technology, to produce architecture that became characteristic of the practice. This can be seen in the practice’s three best known projects, the BFI London IMAX, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and No.1 Neathouse Place.

Bryan was a frequent competition assessor, a design panel member for South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and a regional adjudicator for the Civic Trust Awards' scheme. He lectured on the work of the practice at the Royal Institute of British Architects and at most of the UK schools of architecture. His work has been widely published in the UK and abroad. 

He achieved national attention in 1988 with the British Film Institute’s Museum of the Moving Image, built under the approach to Waterloo Bridge. Other notable buildings include The London Transport Museum, London (2007) and the Repton School Theatre, Derbyshire (2011).

Bryan, who shut his 41-year-old practice  earlier this year, was also known for a range of ‘brilliant unbuilt proposals’ ranging from his 'contextual tower' in the City of London, a pedestrianisation plan for Oxford Street and a Spitfire wing-shaped museum for Southampton.

Read the Guardian's obituary here and the Architect Journal's tribute here.

Shawn Crockwell (1970 - 2017)

Shawn Crockwell, a promienent lawyer, MP and father of three, has passed away at his home in Bermuda at the age of 47. 

Shawn was the head of the Litigation department at Chancery Legal and practised in all areas of general civil and criminal litigation. He successfully argued cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and various tribunals, including the Employment and Labour Relations Tribunals.

Just prior to joining Chancery Legal, Shawn held the position of Minister of Tourism Development and Transport for the Government of Bermuda where he served for just over three years.  In this capacity Shawn spearheaded landmark legislation including the Casino Gaming Act 2014 and the Bermuda Tourism Authority Act 2014.  His last major achievement before returning to private practice was the transitioning of the Aviation and Shipping Registries into quangos which should facilitate significant growth in both of these industries.

Shawn was called to the Bermuda Bar in 2009. He was an advocate for volunteering and has devoted time to assist many charitable organizations.

Shawn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oakwood University, where he received a degree in history and political science. He went on to acquire his law degree from the University of London and qualified as a solicitor at De Montfort University in 2006.  

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