Obit> Duncan Nicholson, 1958–2015

Obit> Duncan Nicholson, 1958–2015

Duncan Nicholson Architect
Nicholson at the Sheats Goldstein construction site (All images courtesy Duncan Nicholson Architects)

Sad news for California architecture. Los Angeles architect Duncan Nicholson, known for ambitious residential work like a multi-use addition to John Lautner’s Sheats Goldstein House, passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

A statement from his firm, Nicholson Architects, is a beautiful tribute to Nicholson’s creativity and his ability to inspire those around him. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founding principal, mentor, and friend, Duncan Nicholson, who succumbed to his brief battle with cancer earlier this week (Jan 20). He was a man of simple truths and timeless beauty, two rare things in this world.”

“There is one fundamental idea that he tried to teach us, in both word and deed, and that is the power of the individual imagination to create a world that is at once unique, profound, and useful. He did not fear the word ‘perfect’ nor did he falter in his pursuit of that ideal. It is a heavy honor to carry on in his absence, and we will strive to do his legacy justice moving forward. Thank you to everyone who has expressed kind words of support. We are grateful and it is a comfort to know that others have shared in the love that we have for him.”