A leading designer who was picked to renovate Windsor Castle was killed by a lorry while cycling through London yesterday morning.
Moira Gemmill, 55, died after the collision near Lambeth Bridge, as reported by the Evening Standard. She is the fifth cyclist to be killed on the capital’s roads this year.
The former design director of the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum, who was headhunted by the organisation in 2002 and is described as an “art visionary”, was cycling to work at St James’s Palace. The incident happened at around 9.30am.
She was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics tried for 30 minutes to save her life. A report by TfL shows that planned improvements to the Lambeth Bridge northern roundabout had been shelved in 2012.
Ms Gemmill’s devastated brother Andrew told the Standard: “She was a wonderful, inspirational woman.
“She was absolutely extraordinary but in a very modest way. She lived a modest life.”
Tributes were posted on Twitter as the news broke.
Devastated to hear of the tragic death of Moira Gemmill who transformed the V&A during 13yrs as Director of Design. She'll be greatly missed; V&A (@V_and_A) April 10, 2015
Absolutely tragic news about Moira Gemmill - pressing need for @MayorofLondon to do more to protect cyclists in London; Tom Holbrook (@thomholbrook) April 10, 2015
Another cyclist in london, killed. The amazing Moira Gemmill who rang out the blue to discuss possibilities at the V&A. shocked to the core.; Greg Blee (@gregoryblee) April 10, 2015
Ms Gemmill is credited for boosting visitor numbers to the V&A from 900,000 to 2.9 million, according to the Architects Journal.
She also campaigned in making the industry a more level playing field for women architects and was a judge for the magazine’s Women in Architecture Awards.
“She believed in the importance of creating a more equal profession,” said Architectural Review editor and friend Christine Murray.
Ms Gemmill was appointed as Director, Capital Programmes at the Royal Collection Trust in January this year to modernise Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
She lived alone in Kennington, south London, and was originally from Kintyre in western Scotland. After studying at the Glasgow School of Art, she worked at the Aberdeen Art Gallery for 10 years before moving to the capital in the 1990s to work for the British Museum.Reuse content