Category Archives: In Memoriam

Percy Griffin, AIA, interviewed at the Center for Architecture by Jack Travis at "Legends: 3 Harlem Architects, 4 Decades" in 2016. Credit: Center for Architecture
In Memoriam by • 09/06/17

In Memoriam: Percy Griffin, AIA

With heavy hearts, AIA New York learned that Percy Griffin, AIA, passed away in August. Griffin was the owner of his own firm and was also a professor at NYIT. Prior to starting his own practice, he also worked in the office of Philip Johnson. In 2012, Griffin shared his story and perspectives on the profession with Design Venturer. For a more personal take, we invite you to read the thoughtful words of Jack Travis who kindly shared his reflections on Griffin with the Chapter. Read More

Hilary Ballon (1956-2017). Courtesy of NYU Abu Dhabi.
In Memoriam by • 06/28/17

In Memoriam: Hilary Ballon (1956-2017)

AIA New York and the Center for Architecture mourn the loss of Hilary Ballon, Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture at NYU and Deputy Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi on 06.16.17. A celebrated architectural historian, Ballon’s work focused on cities and the intersection of architecture, politics, and social life. Her work on New York City included research on Manhattan’s 1811 street grid, the transformative projects of Robert Moses, and New York’s Pennsylvania Station. Below are words of remembrance from just a few of those who were touched by Hilary’s intellect and compassion. Please share your own reflections in our comment section below. Read More

Robert Michael Kliment, FAIA. Courtesy of Kliment Halsband Architects.
In Memoriam by • 06/14/17

Robert Michael Kliment, FAIA (1933 – 2017)

Robert Michael Kliment, FAIA, died peacefully at home on 03.06.17.

Born in Prague in 1933, Robert was one of several hundred children whom the humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton brought to safety in England during the Second World War. He was later schooled in France and Cuba before studying architecture at Yale, where he received his BA in 1954. Read More

Diane Lewis at a Design IV review, Fall 2008
In Memoriam by • 05/04/17

In Memoriam: Diane Lewis, AIA

The architectural community mourns the loss of Diane Lewis, AIA. One of the youngest recipients of the Rome Architecture Prize in Architecture, Professor Lewis was the first woman architect to be appointed to the full-time faculty at The Cooper Union. She taught countless architects with a career spanning more than thirty years. Below are words of remembrance from those who were touched by Diane’s passion, intellect, and empathy. Please share your own reflections on Diane in our comment section below. Read More

David Ginsberg, FAIA / Image credit: ©Alex Kaplan
In Memoriam by • 04/21/17

In Memoriam: David l. (Dave) Ginsberg, FAIA (1932-2017)

David L. Ginsberg, FAIA, changed the way healthcare facilities are designed. His groundbreaking body of work, which includes New York’s Presbyterian Hospital where he later established and led the 10-year Modernization Program, introduced concepts such as using service trends and demographics to inform planning decisions as well as creating networks of outpatient clinics to supplement care. Read More

Hugh Hardy at the New York Academy of Sciences. Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA.
In Memoriam by • 03/22/17

Remembering New York Architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA (1931-2017)

New York architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, died this week at age 84. His career left an indelible imprint on the city, including iconic venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall, the Rainbow Room, New Victory Theater, and many more. Hardy spearheaded design and architecture at Lincoln Center Theater beginning in 1985 up to and including the award-winning Claire Tow on the roof of Eero Saarinen’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Additionally, Hardy founded Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in the 1970s, expanding his sphere of work as far as the Columbus Occupational Health Association in Indiana, which won an AIA Honor Award in 1976. Read More

Eric J. Pick, AIA, 1922-2016
In Memoriam by • 11/11/16

Eric J. Pick, AIA, Retired Partner, Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde (1922-2016)

Eric Joseph Pick, AIA, passed away in his home on Long Island, NY on 10.30.16 due to complications with a blood disease. He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 68 years, and sons Bruce and Steven, daughters-in-law Jackie and Susan, and grandchildren Marie, Michael, and Lucas. Read More

John Belle, FAIA (1932-2016)
In Memoriam by • 09/15/16

In Memoriam: John Belle, FAIA (1932-2016)

This month, the New York architectural community lost an inspirational architect who elevated New York City’s pride and place through the reclamation its architectural heritage. John Belle, FAIA, was founding principal of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. He directed the planning, reuse, and restoration of landmarks including the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, Grand Central Terminal, and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, as well as other significant buildings in the US and abroad. Read More

Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA
In Memoriam by • 06/08/16

Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA (1941 – 2016)

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture mourn the loss of Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA – a great leader, a generous patron, and an exemplary human being. Walter worked tirelessly to bring the vision of a Center for Architecture to fruition in 2003. He also generously supported the Center for Architecture Foundation and its many activities. Hunt was President of AIANY in 1999, and President of the Center for Architecture Foundation in 2005. In 2012, he received the prestigious AIA New York State Kideney Gold Medal Award for a lifetime of contributions to the profession, the AIA, and the community.

Passionate about the Center for Architecture’s mission to educate a broad audience about the built environment, Walter, together with his wife Judy, supported capital initiatives and annual programming at the Center. He was committed to cultivating the next generation of patrons by bringing young professionals into the life of the organization.

Proving his dedication to educational opportunities for youth, the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship was initiated in March 2012 on the occasion of Walter’s retirement from Gensler. It assists New York City public high school graduating seniors to pursue a professional degree in architecture. Principal contributors included the Gensler Foundation, partners and staff at Gensler, and the Hunt family.

Walter was a steady and clear leader, beloved by all who knew him. He will be missed, but his spirit and legacy will live on.

To give to the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship fund, visit this link or send a check made payable to the Center for Architecture, with “Walter Hunt” in the memo line, to Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012.

A memorial celebration for Walter Hunt will be held on 06.28.16, 4:30 – 7:00pm, at NYAC, 180 Central Park South.

Below are words of remembrance from those who were touched and inspired by Walter’s vision, guidance, and generosity. Read More

Fred Shen at the Shen Milsom & Wilke’s 30th anniversary celebration on 05.11.16.
In Memoriam by • 06/08/16

In Memoriam: Fred Shen (1942 – 2016)

On Tuesday, 05.31.16, many were saddened by the sudden passing of Fred Shen, 74, founder and chairman of Shen Milsom & Wilke (SM&W). Described as a visionary and a pioneer in the industry, there is no denying that Fred created a legacy. He was a friend and mentor to all those who had the privilege to work with him.

Born in Shanghai, Fred moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Michigan, where he received a BS in Engineering. He spent the last 30 years as the visionary behind SM&W’s success. When he founded the firm in 1986, he recognized that there were two forces converging: the global economy, and the need for innovative and coordinated specialty services in building designs. Fred created a global footprint and, with it, the first multidisciplinary consulting firm to meet all of the needs of its clients.

Fred was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the firm’s 30th anniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall on 05.11.16. SM&W continues to move ahead under the leadership of Tom Shen, who took on the role of president and CEO earlier this year. Read More