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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 April, 2004, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Acclaimed architect dies aged 52
Andrew Doolan wanted to see the best of architecture
The architect and self-made millionaire who established Scotland's largest architecture prize, has died suddenly at the age of 52.

Acclaimed architect Andrew Doolan set up the 25,000 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (Rias) prize for the nation's best building.

Mr Doolan was best-known for his work in urban regeneration.

He transformed an Edinburgh's old Co-op building into the Point Hotel, one of the city's first designer hotels.

Later he added the Point Conference Centre, also part of the former Co-Op, to the 8m development.

Mr Doolan died in Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary. The cause of death is not yet known.

He was born in Glasgow in 1951 and left St Ninians High School in Kirkintilloch with an A level at A grade in engineering drawing, but no other qualifications.

Best building

In the past 25 years he has carried out work on 50 major buildings.

As well as Edinburgh and Glasgow projects, he was responsible for preparing a plan to revitalise the derelict Temple Bar area in Dublin, Ireland.

He has also helped develop and restore parts of Edinburgh's south side, where he bought up 12 properties which were in a bad state of repair.

He also restored 14 sites in the Merchant City area of Glasgow.

Recently he helped to establish the 25,000 Rias award for the best building in Scotland, which he helped fund.

At the time up he was quoted as saying that the aim was to try to get better buildings built in Scotland, to encourage architects to spend more time designing better buildings and to encourage the public to be more aware of their architecture.

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