Remembering the architects, designers, educators, mentors, and writers we lost in 2023

With a Heavy Heart

Remembering the architects, designers, educators, mentors, and writers we lost in 2023

The late Balkrishna Doshi before receiving the 2022 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. (Pratik Gajjar)

A world-renowned French historian of architecture. A Pritzker Prize–winning Indian architect. A larger-than-life New York arts patron. A legendary Cooper Union professor. The founder of one of architecture’s most important feminist foundations. An Italian Superstudio designer.

These are just a few brief descriptors of the visionary architects, prolific thinkers, educators, designers, and writers who died in 2023 for whom AN published obituaries or tributes this past year.

As for those not mentioned below, AN editors hold in our thoughts the individuals who died this year due to injustice, violence, hunger, and simply the hands of time. Their memories will live on.

Anthony Vidler, 82

Architect, educator, philosopher

Andrea Branzi, 84

Archizoom cofounder

A. Eugene Kohn, 92

KPF cofounder

Beverly Willis, 95

Architect, pioneering women’s advocate

Beverly Willis on a construction site in downtown San Fransisco (Courtesy Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation)

Bill Hellmuth, 69

Chairman and CEO of HOK

B.V. Doshi, 95

Pritzer Prize winner

Charles Munger, 99

Billionaire, windowless-building partisan

Claude Cormier, 63

Landscape architect

Claude Cormier (Will Lew/Courtesy CCxA)

David Hewitt, 87

Architect, founder of HEWITT

Debora K. Reiser, 96

Architect, educator, mentor

Debora K. Reiser (Courtesy RUR Architecture)

George Baird, 84

Former Dean of the University of Toronto School of Architecture

Harriet Pattison, 94

Landscape architect

Ilya Kabakov, 89

Conceptual artist

Jean-Louis Cohen, 74

Architect, professor, educator, historian

Jeff Byles, 51

Former AN associate editor, author

Joan Davidson, 96

Philanthropist, preservation champion

Paco Rabanne, 88

Fashion designer

Paolo Portoghesi, 91

Architect, historian

Peter Buchanan, 80

Architect, critic, essayist, teacher

Rafael Viñoly, 78

Award winning architect

Raymond Moriyama, 93

Architect, social justice pioneer

Renée Gailhoustet 93

Social housing architect

Robert Geddes, 99

Former Dean of the Princeton School of Architecture

Robert Irwin, 95


Robert Irwin, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016. Permanent collection, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. Photo by Alex Marks, courtesy of The Chinati Foundation. © 2023 Robert Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Robert Mangurian, 82

SCI-Arc faculty member

Robin Guenther, 68

Perks&Will Healthcare studio lead

Thierry Despont, 75


Thomas Hacker, 81