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Remembering Constance Adams, architect who designed space stations and Mars colonies

Constance Adams was not an average architect. Her work was literally out of this world. Instead of imagining structures to build on planet Earth, she dedicated her life to designing habitats for humans in outer space. The 53-year-old space architect died last week in her home in Houston, Texas. Adams is best known for working on […]

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Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018, was a budding developer and an astute observer of the urban condition

Anthony Bourdain was a culinary maverick, gifted writer, engaging TV host and, as one Vassar College graduate put it, “a foodie who wasn’t insufferable.” He was also a budding developer, sophisticated architecture patron and astute observer of the urban condition. Bourdain, who took his own life last week in France, was well known for his […]

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Remembering historian Christiane Collins, who fought Columbia University to preserve Harlem’s parks

Christiane Crasemann Collins was born in Hamburg Germany, and immigrated first to Chile and then to the United States. She obtained a Master’s degree in History of Art and later in Library Science from Columbia University, but her marriage to the late George R. Collins brought her closer to architecture. They both were prolific contributors […]

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Architect Lee Harris Pomeroy passes away at 85

Lee Harris Pomeroy, founder of the eponymous architecture studio based in New York City, passed away Sunday night at the age of 85. His firm, Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects, is well known around New York City for its focus on adaptive reuse and its restorations of historical subway stations, including the Bleeker Street stop, which […]

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Frederieke Sanders Taylor, a champion of NYC architecture and artists, has passed away at 77

Frederieke Sanders Taylor, a champion for architecture and artists and New York City cultural institutions, has passed away on Wednesday, February 7. She was born on May 3, 1940, in Schiedam, the Netherlands. She received a BA from Leiden University in 1962, and an MA from Yale University in 1965, both of which centered on […]

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Pioneering architectural journalist Mildred Schmertz passes away

The Architect’s Newspaper wants to note the passing of architectural journalist Mildred Schmertz, who was a contributor to the paper. Suzanne Stephens, deputy editor of Architectural Record, has written a respectful obituary of Schmertz, who spent the entirety of her professional career at Architectural Record. She was 92. Schmertz was Record’s first female editor-in-chief, and as […]

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Architect Neave Brown, champion of social housing, passes away at 88

Neave Brown, English architect and outspoken proponent of low-rise, high-density public housing, has died at age 88 on January 9th. A New York native, Brown left permanently for London to study at the Architectural Association in the mid-1950’s. Known for his work in concrete, Brown’s open, stepped post-war developments demonstrated that high-quality, mass public housing […]

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Remembering Albert C. Ledner, pioneering New Orleans modernist

In the unfolding of any design movement, there are outliers who are seen as too far from the mainstream, too quirky to be celebrated by peers and historians. Over many decades of abundant architectural accomplishment, Albert C. Ledner was one of those. But he recently had the good fortune of winning widespread admiration in the […]

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Architect Albert Speer, Jr., son of Nazi chief architect, dies at age 83

Internationally renowned architect Albert Speer, Jr. died on September 15 at the age of 83. He was one of Germany’s most respected architects and urban planners in his own right, but spent much of his career trying to separate his reputation from his father’s, who served as Adolf Hitler’s chief architect. While father and son […]

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Furniture designer Vladimir Kagan dies at 88

“I think that with good furniture, if it doesn’t at some point make you want to make love on it, it’s missing something,” property magnet André Balazs said recently to the New York Times. He was of course talking about his chair, a Vladimir Kagan chair, complete with “sensuously curved legs” to be precise. With Monroe and Cooper […]

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Peter Cook’s Obituary of Zaha Hadid

THE MEMORY OF ZAHA Zaha : the Great Light extinguished. From every point of view exceptional : As a direct, original, fearless personality. With a more than adequate supply of charm and humour. Used with more discretion than blandness. IMMENSE talent. Such that it either inspired, bewildered, or caused deep jealousy (that manifest itself in […]

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