One of the Midlands’ most prominent design firms, rg+p Ltd has unveiled a unique memorial sculpture to honour its founder, the late Richard Galey.
Incorporating Richard’s initials in a single 3D form, the sculpture is made of oak and was designed following a company-wide competition. The winner, architectural technologist, Tsvetan Hristov explains:
“Our directors wanted to produce a permanent piece of artwork to commemorate Richard, particularly how much of a risk-taker and visionary he was, and therefore launched the sculpture competition. My design process began by thinking about these two concepts, and where I could introduce innovation. Using AI-driven image generators, I explored various abstract forms, eventually settling on a series of images that resembled still flames.
“While all the shapes were unique, I felt it lacked a personal touch, so I decided to incorporate the initials RG. Here, I switched to using digital 3D modelling to allow me better control over the final design. A local specialist, The CNC Yard, was sourced to fabricate the piece in oak, which is one of the strongest natural materials and an ancient symbol of wisdom and endurance, so a fitting tribute to Richard,” concluded Tsvetan.
Tsvetan’s sculpture is now on display at rg+p’s Leicester studio, where Richard’s life dates are engraved on the base together with an inscription which reads “his enthusiasm for life and entrepreneurial approach to business forms the foundation for rg+p and remains an inspiration for us all.”
To further honour Richard’, rg+p’s directors have set up a new bursary scheme in his name. Awarded annually, the Richard Galey Memorial Bursary will offer up to £2,500 for a member of the team to implement a business idea that enables the practice to continue innovating.
“Richard had an extremely entrepreneurial spirit, he was inquisitive, eager to learn and not afraid of standing out from the crowd,” said Rob Woolston, rg+p’s director. “The aim of the bursary is for the team to follow his example and generate business ideas that will help rg+p evolve, improve, nurture and progress. We’re confident that this, together with the unique sculpture, will perfectly commemorate Richard’s legacy.”
Richard Galey founded rg+p, then Galey + Partners, in 1979 and quickly developed a strong client base in the affordable housing sector, which continues to this day. In 1987, the practice became Richard Galey + Partners. Richard celebrated rg+p’s 40th anniversary with current directors, Rob Woolston, James Badley and Mitch Dale at a masquerade ball in 2019. He passed away in March 2022 at his home in Spain.