In Memoriam: Gilles Marie-Paul Laheurte (1946-2014)

Architect and planner Gilles Marie-Paul Laheurte passed away peacefully on 06.22.14 at his home in New York City, after a valiant battle with cancer. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on 07.27.14, 12:30pm-2:30pm, at UN Church Center’s Tillman Chapel, 777 First Avenue (at 44th Street). Continue reading “In Memoriam: Gilles Marie-Paul Laheurte (1946-2014)”

In Memoriam: Fred Schwartz

It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to our friend, teacher, and colleague Fred Schwartz, FAIA. Fred passed away on 04.28.14 after a long struggle with cancer. Fred was well known for his Staten Island Ferry Terminal, his 9/11 Memorial, and his loyalty to former employers Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA, and Robert Venturi, FAIA, Int. FRIBA. He played an essential role in changing the guidelines for the AIA Gold Medal, allowing it to recognize collaborative teams as well as individuals. Below are words of remembrance from those who were touched by Fred’s passion, empathy, and talent. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Fred Schwartz”

In Memoriam: Sarelle Weisberg, FAIA

Many friends were startled to learn that Sarelle Weisberg, FAIA, passed away on 03.29.14. Her levels of energy and enthusiasm, and her very positive outlook on life and its possibilities, were legendary to all who knew her.

I met her in 1960, when we both entered architecture school at Columbia, in the evening program (which no longer exists). Sarelle was taking care of her family, husband Daniel and sons Andrew and Joel, of elementary school age. But that was not enough of a challenge for her.

She became a very stimulating classmate, encouraging others as well as persevering enthusiastically and thoughtfully in her own design work. She produced some excellent projects, and won a William Kinne Fellowship in 1965. Sarelle graduated in 1966 with a B.Arch. degree, which was later converted to an M.Arch. degree when Columbia reorganized its curriculum. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Sarelle Weisberg, FAIA”

A Posthumous Tribute to an Unsung Architect (Natalie de Blois, 1921 – 2013)

On 11.05.13, AIA Chicago will be honoring the life of Natalie de Blois, FAIA, the 2010 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award winner, who passed away on 07.22.13 at the age of 92. Speakers at the tribute will include former Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) colleague John Zils, FAIA, Craig Dykers, AIA, a former student at University of Texas, and her son, Robert. Continue reading “A Posthumous Tribute to an Unsung Architect (Natalie de Blois, 1921 – 2013)”

In Memoriam: Karen Cooper

AIANY laments the loss of Karen Cooper, President of Cooper, Robertson & Partners. She was known by her colleagues for her intelligence, decisiveness, generosity, and passion. Cooper died on 08.22.13 after a year-long battle with cancer.

A graduate of the State University of New York, Cooper joined Cooper, Robertson & Partners at its beginning in 1979, working along with her then-husband Alexander Cooper, FAIA, and Jacquelin T. Robertson, FAIA, and serving as the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. At the time of her passing, she had been president of the firm for six years. As president, she succeeded in reorganizing the structure and refining the focus of the firm.

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“Architalker” Iris Alex passes

AIANY recently learned of the passing of Iris S. Alex, FAIA. Though she was not able to be active in the profession in the last few years, Alex had a career that was oriented to the public good through long-term work with the YWCA and other social welfare organizations. She served on many Chapter and National committees, was Secretary of the AIANY Board in 1979, and was one of the weekly volunteer “Architalkers”  – docents who teach visitors about the Center for Architecture’s mission, design, and exhibitions – when the Center for Architecture first opened in 2003. Continue reading ““Architalker” Iris Alex passes”

Danforth W. Toan (1918-2013)

Danforth W. Toan, FAIA, recently died at the age of 94. He was an architect and founding partner of Warner Burns Toan & Lunde Architects & Planners in New York, now known as WBTL Architects. Dan designed many significant buildings in New York and around the world. Many were college libraries and educational facilities, including the Columbia University Hammer Health Sciences Center and NYU’s Warren Weaver Hall here in New York City. Continue reading “Danforth W. Toan (1918-2013)”

Call for Tributes: Norval White, FAIA

The OCULUS Committee and the AIA New York Chapter will be hosting an event celebrating the release of the newest edition of the AIA Guide to New York City on 06.02.10. In memory of author Norval White, FAIA, e-Oculus will be publishing a special tribute issue to coincide with the celebration. We are seeking personal anecdotes, images, and remembrances — any and all are welcome. Please e-mail them to eoculus@aiany.org by Friday, 05.14.10.

Call for Tributes: Norval White, FAIA

The OCULUS Committee and AIA New York Chapter will be hosting an event celebrating the release of the newest edition of the AIA Guide to New York City on 06.02.10. In memory of author Norval White, FAIA, e-Oculus will be publishing a special tribute issue to coincide with the celebration. We are seeking personal anecdotes, images, and remembrances — any and all are welcome. Please e-mail them to eoculus@aiany.org by Friday, 05.14.10.

Call for Tributes: Norval White, FAIA

The OCULUS Committee and AIA New York Chapter will be hosting a release event for the newest edition of the AIA Guide to New York City on 06.02.10. In memory of author Norval White, FAIA, e-Oculus will be publishing a special tribute issue to coincide with the celebration. We are seeking personal anecdotes, images, and remembrances — any and all are welcome. Please e-mail them to eoculus@aiany.org by Friday, 05.14.10.