Vincent J. DeSimone (1937 – 2016) was the founder and chairman of New York–based DeSimone Consulting Engineers; he passed on November 16th in a fight against cancer.
He started DeSimone Consulting Engineers in 1969; the firm was a behind a vast range of projects over the decades, including Zaha Hadid Architects’ 520 W. 28th St., Selldorf Architects’ David Zwirner 20th St. Gallery, Gehry Partners’ Fisher Center at Bard College, SOM and SLCE Architects’ The New School University Center in New York City, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Rolland, DelValle & Bradley’s Jacksonville Public Library in Jacksonville, Florida, among many others.
DeSimone also worked with Bjarke Ingels on BIG’s ‘Grove at Grand Bay’ project in south Miami. On Thursday of last week, Ingels described DeSimone (who he referred to as “Vince”) as a “visionary” and as “was one of the greatest engineers I worked with.” He went on to add how sometimes the best engineers sometimes fall victim to providing overly complex solutions to demonstrate their engineering prowess, whereas DeSimone “had a brilliant capacity to solve insanely complex structural challenges with the simplest, most blatant answer possible.”
In a message, DeSimone Consulting Engineers has asked, “In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lustgarten Foundation and Foundation for Prader-Willi Research.”