Last year we lost design leaders who were talented, wise and even poetic. Their insights were applicable to the broad spectrum of design professions and they played a signal role mentoring and teaching future architects and designers.
Last year we lost design leaders who were talented, wise and even poetic. Their insights were applicable to the broad spectrum of design professions and they played a signal role mentoring and teaching future architects and designers. We salute them and will long remember their contributions.
Jody Kingrey Albergo, 84, died June 11, 2003. A pioneer in Chicago’s Interior Design. With Kitty Baldwin Weese, wife of architect Baldwin Weese, Albergo formed the company Baldwin-Kingrey in 1947. The company led the way to modern design in furnishings and was the first retailer to import Finnish designer Alvar Aalto’s furniture.
Ward Bennett, 85, died Aug. 13, 2003. He designed everything—from sterling flatware for Tiffany’s to the offices for Rolling Stone Magazine. The New York Times once named his studio apartment in New York City’s Dakota Building “the most exciting modern apartment in New York.” The son of a vaudeville actor, Bennett’s work included costume design, interiors, window dressing and furniture design.
Leslie Boney Jr., 83, died June 19, 2003. He joined his father’s practice after serving in World War II. He designed hundreds of public buildings and also devoted himself to teaching, writing and preservation efforts. He received the AIA Kemper Award in 1982 and in 2000, the association created the Leslie N. Boney Jr. Spirit of Fellowship Award in his honor.
Benjamin Brewer, 71, died Dec. 17, 2003. He was one of the most colorful and passionate AIA presidents. He stressed collaboration between all the design professions and organzized an accord between the AIA, ASID, and IIDA. He brought vision and delight to his peers and clients. His perspective brought policies and actions that transformed the profession for the better.
Andrew Daniel Bryant, 72, died Nov. 3, 2002. A native of Washington, D.C., he designed many public projects there, including schools, libraries, elder housing, metro stops and bridges. He also was the former president of the Capital’s Chamber of Commerce and a director at the AIA and NOMA.
William Brooks Cavin Jr., 88, died Dec. 19, 2002.Hired by University of Minnesota dean of architecture Ralph Rapson, Cavin would teach there for 20 years. He had studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard, where he earned his master’s. Known for his preservation efforts in Minneapolis and elsewhere, Cavin’s work included museums, restoration, schools and many private homes.
Robertson E. Collins, 81, died May 23, 2003. He led the movement to preserve the gold-rush town of Jacksonville, Ore., after plans were announced to run a four-lane highway through the circa 1850s town. Eventually, the entire town was designated a National Historic Landmark and more than 100 of its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Curt Dale, 57, died on Feb. 22, 2003 in an avalanche during a weekend ski trip. As a partner in Anderson Mason Dale, he had designed the recent addition to Denver’s federal courthouse, and a 10-year project to reconstruct the entrance to Mount Rushmore. An accomplished climber, he had nailed all of Colorado’s “14ers” as well as Mounts McKinley and Rainier.
Philip W. Dinsmore, 60, died Jan. 28, 2003. As managing principal for The Durrant Group’s Tucson, Ariz., office, he was involved in many educational design projects, including buildings at Arizona State and the University of Arizona. Dinsmore served a four-year term as secretary of the AIA, as well as numerous offices in the profession’s governing boards at the local, state and national levels. He helped inspire the Design Futures Council upon our launch in 1994.
James Deforest Ferris, 77, died on Dec. 25, 2002, A student of Mies Van der Rohe, Ferris would go on to be a contributing designer of many of Chicago’s landmark buildings. During stays at firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Graham Anderson Probst & White, he worked on the Can Center, the Northern Trust restoration and addition and the First National Bank Building.
Tony Fitzpatrick, 52, died July 26, 2003. A gifted civil engineer with Arup, one of his legacies will be his renown as the man who took the wobble out of London’s Millennium Footbridge. During his migrations with Arup, he had worked with architects in the league of Norman Foster and Sir Richard Rogers in offices in London, Newcastle and Tehran. In 2001, he had moved to San Francisco to head up Arup’s Americas group after being named to the company’s board of directors.
James F. Fulton, 73, died in late summer 2003. The former president of the Industrial Designers Society of America was I.D. magazine’s savior in the ‘70s when he bought the majority shares of the then floundering publication. In addition to his work with Harley Earl and Raymond Loewy, he also served as design consultant for Owens-Corning for more than 25 years. In the ‘80s, Fulton raised more than $30,000 to buy Loewy’s archives for donation to the Library of Congress.
Curt Green, 77, died on Nov. 3, 2002. With friend Dick Hammel, he founded Minnesota’s Hammel, Green and Abrahamson in 1953. HGA would become known as a leading architecture and engineering firm with more than 500 employees. Shortly after his death, the AIA chose HGA for four of 10 honor awards at its Minnesota convention. His projects include the Minneapolis Orchestra Hall, and the Benedicta Arts Center at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.
Sir George Grenfell-Baines, 95, died on May 9, 2003. The British architect was founder of the Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-professional design organization in the country. The firm would design master plans for Bradford and Surrey Universities, the city of Belfast and the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Grenfell-Baines served as vice-president of the RIBA in 1967 and was named an honorary fellow of the AIA in 1981. He taught architecture for four years at Sheffield University and upon his retirement in 1978, he was knighted for his work and service to architecture.
William H. Kessler, 77, died Nov. 16, 2002. The Detroit Free Press named him “the dean of Detroit’s architectural community” for his modernist work that included a one-time collaboration with Walter Gropius and Minoru Yamasaki. An outspoken proponent of human-scale design, he received the Gold Medal from the Michigan chapter of the AIA.
Harwood Knox Smith, 89, died Dec. 8, 2002. After beginning practice in 1939 in Dallas, he built his one-man firm into one of the country’s largest. Currently, it’s home to more than 500 architects with completed projects in 43 states and abroad. HKS designed many Texas landmarks. Smith served as president of the Dallas AIA chapter, which later recognized him for lifetime achievement. Also an accomplished artist, Smith’s paintings have been in exhibition here and abroad.
We’ll also miss the following:
Geoffrey Bawa, 83, May 27, 2003
Robert Mitchell Hanna, 67, March 8, 2003
William Hartmann, 86, March 4, 2003
William H. Kessler, 77, Nov. 16, 2002
Vlastimil Koubek, 75, Feb. 15, 2003
Lane Marshall, 65, June 2003
Charles Morris Mount, 60, Nov. 18, 2002
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 76, March 26, 2003
George Clayton Pearl, 79, Aug. 16, 2003
John Petrarca, 51, May 9, 2003
Sir Philip Powell, 82, May 5, 2003
Sidney A. Rand, Dec. 16, 2003
John Storrs, 83, Aug. 31, 2003
Frank Weise, 84, Jan. 31, 2003