Pritzker Prize winner Kenzo Tange died on March 22 at age 91. Tange was a force in the recovery of Japan following WWII. But his work was international, with examples in more than 20 countries.

Pritzker Prize winner Kenzo Tange died on March 22 at age 91. Tange was a force in the recovery of Japan following WWII. But his work was international, with examples in more than 20 countries. After graduation from Tokyo University, he joined the Le Corbusier-influenced firm of Kunio Maekawa. Some of his designs included the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and work for the 1964 Olympics, held in Tokyo. In 1970, he created the master plan for the Osaka World Exposition, another means for Japan’s re-entry to the world of industry and commerce. Tange died at his home and was laid to rest following a ceremony at Tokyo’s St. Mary Cathedral, which he designed in 1964.

The new Gensler Principals (and their respective home bases) are: James S. Camp, Baltimore, Md.; Robert Cataldo, New York City; J.F. Finn III, Las Vegas; Gerald C. Gehm and Edward A. Grun, both of Houston; Steven J. Martin, Washington, D.C.; Ernest Muñoz, Charlotte, N.C.; Jon Tollit, London; and James Williamson, Washington, D.C.

For the first time in 14 years, an American architect has been awarded the Pritzker Prize. At 61, Morphosis and SCI-arc founder Thom Mayne is hitting his stride and trying to soften, if not shed, his image as a renegade. As evidence of collaborative work and general maturity, one could point to three current GSA projects, which include federal sites in San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and NOAA’s new facility in Washington, D.C. Mayne is the eighth American to receive the prize that began awards in 1979, with its first award given to Philip Johnson. The honor also carries a $100,000 prize.

The downside of collaboration, it appears from developments in Kansas City, may be the potential for jumping ship. Earlier this month, the Kansas City Star reported that six former Ellerbe Becket employees (five of them principals, including the manager of office) had left for HOK Sport+Venue+Event. Within a month, architect Ron Gans’ left for 360 Architecture. The three firms are all working on the city’s downtown arena, the Sprint Center, scheduled to open in Spring 2007. In the case of the departures to HOK, Ellerbe Becket filed suit, alleging the two firms had a “handshake” deal against either firm recruiting each other’s talent.

Late this month Roger Frechette III will become director of MEP Engineering for SOM’s Chicago office. He was formerly president of Vanderweil Engineers in Alexandria, Va. At Vanderweil, Don Posson will join that office as managing principal. Prior to this role, Posson was engineering design principal at Kling’s Washington, D.C., offices.

Wayfinding for an increasingly global populace can be a challenge. Mijksenaar Arup Wayfinding is the new joint venture of Bureau Mijksenaar USA and ARUP in North America. The office will be based in New York at Arup’s present address. Paul Mijksenaar is president of Mijksenaar in the states; Greg Hodkinson is chairman of Arup Americas. The site: www.mijksenaar-arup.com

In Detroit, HarleyEllis has added David Herjeczki to their architecture staff. Prior to joining HarleyEllis, he was with Gensler. In the Chicago office, Leann Dockins has been named business development manager; her work centers on the firm’s Corporate & Commercial Studio.

Richard J. DeMarco has been named a principal at Montroy Andersen, a New York architectural and interior design firm. He will serve as principal-in-charge of the building design studio, which is currently working on more than a million square feet of residential, as well as several new commercial developments in New York City.

Perkins+Will has named Raymond Clark a principal and managing director of the firm’s Chicago Office. Gabrielle Bullock will have the same title and responsibilities on the West Coast, in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

After serving in an acting capacity since last July, Alan A. Altshuler has been named dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Starting next month, Marco Frascari begins a five-year term as director of Carleton University’s School of Architecture. The Italian-born architect comes most immediately from Virginia Tech, but he has also taught at Harvard University, the University of Barcelona and the Pratt Institute. The 59-year-old hopes to increase Carleton’s international reputation for design. The school recently shifted its professional degree to a six-year professional program, which combines an undergraduate degree with a two-year
master’s degree.