Obit> Lebbeus Woods, 1940-2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Lebbeus Woods. (Courtesy European Graduate School)

Lebbeus Woods. (Courtesy European Graduate School)

Amid the chaos following Hurricane Sandy, including the blackout and closure of The Architect’s Newspaper offices in Lower Manhattan, we were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of the visionary architect and educator Lebbeus Woods. Known as one of the most provocative thinkers in architecture, Woods was also unrivaled in his generation as a producer of architectural images, especially his darkly rendered drawings.

A long time professor at the Cooper Union, Woods’ work extended well beyond the academy, inspiring other architects and even Hollywood (he sued the makers of 12 Monkeys for stealing his ideas and won, and he consulted on the opening sequence of Alien 3). The winner of a Chrysler Design Award, his drawings are included in the collections of numerous museums, including MoMA. A full obituary by Sir Peter Cook will follow in an upcoming edition of AN.

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One Response to “Obit> Lebbeus Woods, 1940-2012”

  1. Kelly Willner says:

    I am truly saddend to hear about Lebbeus. He was my professor at Cooper, and his words to me at my time as his student have stayed with me throughout my life. May his family be comforted in knowing how much he positively impacted so many associated with him, not just by his intelligence, but he was so kind.

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