Vito Acconci, pioneering artist and architect, is dead at 77
Vito Acconci, pioneering conceptual artist and architect, passed away today at the age of 77. After starting his career as a poet, Acconci gained recognition for his influential performance and video works. A man of many parts, he then transitioned into working with audio/visual installations... View full entry
Hugh Hardy dies at the age of 84
Hugh Hardy, the architect best-known for his renovation of many of New York’s most famous theatrical landmarks, passed away on Thursday at the age of 84 from a cerebral hemorrhage. He is survived by his wife, Tiziana Hardy.Born on July 26, 1932 in Majorca, Spain to American parents, Hardy was... View full entry
In Memoriam: those we lost in 2016
Reasons for celebration in 2016 have been rare; it was largely a year of profound change and loss, especially within architecture. Here is a brief memorial for 17 remarkable architects, designers, planners, and educators we lost this year.↑ Balmori Associates' "GrowOnUs Floating Landscape"Diana... View full entry
Diana Balmori, revered landscape architect, has died at age 84
Landscape architect and innovative urbanist Diana Balmori has died at age 84, as announced by her firm's website. The Spanish-born Balmori, who founded her own firm in New York City at age 58, was known for her site-defining and inventive landscape architecture works, including the Abandoibarra... View full entry
Bing Thom dies at age 75
Bing Thom, the lauded Canadian architect, died of a brain aneurysm at age 75 while on a trip to Hong Kong, the city of his birth.Thom was one of Canada's most admired architects. He was awarded the Order of Canada, the Golden Jubilee Medal, the RAIC Medal, the Margolese Prize, as well as honorary... View full entry
Famed designer Jane Thompson dies
The influential designer Jane Thompson passed away on Tuesday. Working fluidly across the fields of design, urbanism, and architecture, Thompson left a lasting mark on American visual culture.Thompson started her career as the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, then led by Philip... View full entry
Claude Parent, the "last Parisian Supermodernist", dies at 93
Claude Parent, architect and theoretician of “oblique function”, passed away this past Saturday at the age of 93.Trained at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Parent studied under Le Corbusier and collaborated with the philosopher Paul Virilio to form the idea of “oblique function”. Jean Nouvel... View full entry
Landscape architect Takeo Uesugi has died at age 75
As a designer, Uesugi created serene landscapes that adapted the elements of a Japanese garden — rock, plants and water — to the climate and lifestyle of Southern California. Among his most significant projects are the restoration of the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Pine Wind Garden at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego's Balboa Park.
— The Los Angeles Times
In memorium, a few photos of Uesugi's landscape work at the Japanese Garden of The Huntington Library: View full entry
Celebrated Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins dies at 48 from heart attack
Everyone at Hoskins Architects has lost an exceptional architect, a visionary and a gifted leader, but above all a very good friend. Gareth leaves a huge gap, he was such a special person. We appreciate the very many messages of condolence that have already been received."
— Chris Coleman-Smith, co-director of Hoskins Architects
According to a statement issued by Spreng & Co PR, Gareth Hoskins of Hoskins Architects died in hospital on Saturday, January 9 after suffering a heart attack. A private funeral and memorial service for family will take place at a later date. A few of Hoskins achievements and accolades, as... View full entry
Charles Correa, legendary Indian architect, dies at 84
Born in 1930 in the southern Indian city of Secunderabad, Mr. Correa studied at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and then went on to attend theUniversity of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. to study architecture.
“To work in India is the great advantage of life in the Third World. The issues are so much bigger than you are; they give you a chance to grow,” Mr. Correa wrote in his book ‘Housing and Urbanization.’
Charles Correa died at home Tuesday night in Mumbai, after a bout of brief illness (according to BBC news). He is known for the diversity and far-reaching quality of his work in India and elsewhere, including affordable housing, master planning, and high-profile academic and diplomatic... View full entry
Conceptual artist, Chris Burden, dies at 69
Paul Schimmel, a close friend of the artist and the former chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art who had organized Burden’s first retrospective exhibition in 1988, said the cause was malignant melanoma. Burden was diagnosed 18 months ago, Schimmel said, but kept the information private except for a few family members and friends.
Small Skyscraper, a collaboration between tallmankoch and Chris Burden View full entry
William B. Callaway, noted Bay Area landscape architect at SWA Group, dies
William Byrd Callaway, one of the Bay Area’s most influential landscape architects, died Nov. 25 of cancer in San Francisco. He was 71. [...]
In 2007, by then the CEO of one of the profession’s largest firms, Mr. Callaway received the ASLA Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects for accomplishments that included inspiring other designers “to retain an idealistic view of the profession and the world.”
The Sausalito-based landscape architect William Byrd Callaway is remembered for his prolific career with SWA Group, his varied landscape work from park to plazas, and his empathy, attentiveness and leadership.Growing up near Sacramento, Callaway received a bachelor's in landscape architecture... View full entry
Paul Katz, President of KPF, dies at 57
Bridging the aspirations of developers and the firm’s architects, Mr. Katz negotiated into existence some of the tallest mixed-use buildings in the world, among them the Shanghai World Financial Center and the International Commerce Centre in HK.
His other projects for KPF included Roppongi Hills, a huge complex in Tokyo encompassing an office tower, apartments, shops and restaurants, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a television studio, parks and an outdoor amphitheater.
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Friday, September 12:Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose: The prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999, and is named after the famed Yale art history and architecture professor who helped establish Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. Rose was... View full entry
Mildred Friedman, 85, Dies; Curator Elevated Design and Architecture
Mildred Friedman, a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the 1970s and ’80s who helped both the museum and the contemporary design and architecture it celebrated become objects of international acclaim, died on Sept. 3 in Manhattan. She was 85. [...]
Ms. Friedman executed a curatorial hat trick: She elevated design even as she made it more accessible — and she did it in Minnesota, far from the traditional sanctums of aesthetics.