Burjuman Centre and Titanic museum architect dies aged 64

Eric Kuhne the designer of the BurJuman shopping centre in Dubai and the UK’s Titanic Belfast visitor centre, has died aged 64 of a suspected heart attack.

Kuhne, who was born in San Antonio in Texas designed major buildings in many parts of the world.

He said in coming up with the idea for the Titanic centre he had “worked for seven years to conceive, design, and create an international destination in Belfast that celebrates five centuries of its maritime legacy including the building of the RMS Titanic”.

Kuhne, who lectured all over the world on his architectural philosophy, argued that expertly and creatively designed retail buildings “can bring back the pageantry of civic life to cities and towns”.