THE Australian killed in the attack on a shopping centre in Kenya has been identified as architect Ross Langdon.
Mr Langdon was a founding director of prize-winning architecture firm Regional Associates, which has offices in London and Melbourne.
The dual Australian-UK national grew up in Tasmania.
He worked on projects around the world, including in Uganda and Rwanda.
In 2010, Mr Langdon received the University of Sydney’s Young Alumni Award in recognition of his pursuit of excellence in the field of architecture on projects located across Australia, Europe and Africa.
Tributes were flowing on Twitter on Monday for Mr Langdon and his wife Elif Yavuz.
“Horrible news that Ross Langdon and his wife were killed in the Nairobi attacks,” Sydney architect Marcus Trimble wrote on the social network.
Designer Liane Rossler said the couple were “very special souls”.
“Such tragic news about beautiful Ross Langdon & his pregnant partner Elif Yavuz in Nairobi,” she wrote.
Tasmanian sculptor Peter Adams wrote on his blog that Mr Langdon was “an architect doing wondrous things”, including pro bono work for a hospital in Kenya.
“Both had dedicated their lives to working for a peaceful world. Both had so much to offer,” he wrote of Mr Langdon and Ms Yavuz.
“Besides a personal loss for myself, this is a major global loss.”
They were among 68 people confirmed dead in the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
Kenyan troops are battling into the night in a bid to end a terrifying stand-off with Somali militants holding hostages inside a shopping mall. – AAP