Obit> Karol Lautner Peterson, 1938–2015

Architecture, Obit, Preservation, West
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Karol Lautner Peterson (Mark G. Picascio)

Karol Lautner Peterson (Mark G. Picascio)

Los Angeles lost an important figure in the architecture and preservation community last week. News reached AN of the passing of Karol Lautner Peterson, president of The John Lautner Foundation, which plans to host a memorial celebration in the Los Angeles area. The organization shared the following remembrance:

Karol Lautner Peterson died early in the morning of August 25, 2015, in her home. She was surrounded by close, loving family members.

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Eavesdrop> Jerde Music: Noted architect gets an exuberant farewell at Los Angeles’ Union Station

Eavesdroplet, Obit, West
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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(Ali Wade / Flickr)

(Ali Wade / Flickr)

One of Los Angeles‘ most influential architects, Jon Jerde, who recently passed away, was known for the ebullience and animation of his designs. So it was only fitting that his funeral be held at LA’s stunning Union Station, inside the Grand Concourse, accompanied by nothing less than a full Mariachi band. When Eavesdrop finally goes to the Page Six in the sky, this is exactly how we would like to go out.

Artist who stacked hundreds of street lights in Los Angeles passes away at age 69

Art, Obit, West
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Urban Light (courtesy LACMA)

Urban Light. (Courtesy LACMA)

Artist Chris Burden created, among many other things, Urban Light, an installation of 202 antique cast iron street lights outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Metropolis II, a city model inside the same museum immersed with 1,200 matchbox cars. Burden has passed away at age 69, reportedly from a battle with Melanoma.

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Pictorial> Austin Kelly, 1966–2015

Architecture, Obit, Pictorial, West
Monday, May 4, 2015
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XTEN's Nakahouse (Steve King)

XTEN’s Nakahouse (Steve King)

Austin Kelly, truly one of Los Angeles’ most talented young architects, sadly passed away last month. He was only 49, and the cause of death was cancer. Kelly studied architecture at Yale and worked for Frank Israel, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, and DMJM/Keating before founding XTEN Architecture with his wife Monika Haefelfinger in 2000.

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Obit> Asa Hanamoto, 1923–2015

Landscape Architecture, Obit, West
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Asa Hanamoto at Santa Clara Central Park (Charles Birnbaum)

Asa Hanamoto at Santa Clara Central Park (Charles Birnbaum)

Pioneering post-war landscape architect Asa Hanamoto passed away at his home in Mill Valley, California on April 9.

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Obit> Bay Area modernist architect Donald Olsen dies

Architecture, Obit, West
Monday, April 6, 2015
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Donald Olsen Home (Rondal Partridge)

Donald Olsen, one of Northern California’s purest modern architects, has died. Known for open, light-filled residences with glass and concrete walls, white cladding, and a few quirky details, Olsen—a student of Walter Gropius—brought drama to an area whose architecture often lacked it.

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Obit> Michael Graves passes away at the age of 80

Architecture, East, Obit
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Michael Graves. (Courtesy Michael Graves Architecture & Design)

Michael Graves. (Courtesy Michael Graves Architecture & Design)

Famed postmodernist architect Michael Graves died of natural causes today at his Princeton, New Jersey home. The architect’s passing was announced by the eponymous firm that he founded in 1964. Graves was 80 years old.

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Obit> Jon Jerde, 1940–2015

Architecture, Obit, West
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Jon Jerde (Jerde Partnership)

Jon Jerde (Jerde Partnership / Sabatellafoto.com)

Jon Jerde, founder and chairman of Venice, CA–based Jerde Partnership, died Monday after a longstanding illness. Jerde, whose firm has designed more than 100 urban places worldwide, was known for reinventing shopping centers as energetic entertainment destinations, bringing Hollywood pizazz and big city walkability to the once staid world of retail design.

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Obit> Kenji Ekuan: 1929–2015

Design, International, Obit
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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Kikkoman soy sauce bottle, left, and the VMAX Motorcycle, right. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Kikkoman soy sauce bottle, left, and the VMAX Motorcycle, right. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

 

Kenji Ekuan, 1929–2015, was the designer behind the Kikkoman soy sauce bottle (1961), the Narita Express (1991), and the Yamaha VMAX motorcycle (1985). The former monk drew inspiration from Hiroshima’s atomic devastation and founded GK Industrial Design Group in 1952. Sadly, Ekuan died of a heart problem in Tokyo on Saturday.

Obit> Duncan Nicholson, 1958–2015

Architecture, Obit, West
Thursday, February 5, 2015
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Nicholson at the Sheats Goldstein construction site (All images courtesy Duncan Nicholson Architects)

Sad news for California architecture. Los Angeles architect Duncan Nicholson, known for ambitious residential work like a multi-use addition to John Lautner’s Sheats Goldstein House, passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

A statement from his firm, Nicholson Architects, is a beautiful tribute to Nicholson’s creativity and his ability to inspire those around him. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founding principal, mentor, and friend, Duncan Nicholson, who succumbed to his brief battle with cancer earlier this week (Jan 20). He was a man of simple truths and timeless beauty, two rare things in this world.”

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Obit> Jordan Gruzen, principal at Gruzen Samton, dies at 80

East, Obit
Friday, January 30, 2015
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Jordan Gruzen. (Courtesy IBI Group)

Jordan Gruzen of Gruzen Samton Architects died on Tuesday at the age of 80. His firm traces its heritage back to 1936 and the firm of Kelly & Gruzen, founded by his father Sumner Gruzen with Colonel Hugh A. Kelly. Gruzen and his MIT classmate Peter Samton joined forces in 1967 and formed their still very active firm, Gruzen Samton (now associated with IBI Architects). They have had a significant impact on the city of New York where the firm focuses on university buildings, high density housing, and other institutional and educational projects. A full obituary of Gruzen will appear in the next issue of AN.

Obit> Paul Katz: 1957–2014

Architecture, International, Obit
Monday, November 24, 2014
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Paul Katz. (Courtesy KPF)

Paul Katz. (Courtesy KPF)

The Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates website went to a black background this weekend to announce the passing of its dynamic, South African–born president Paul Katz. Katz had a quick penetrating mind but was an open and generous person who “trained and mentored” many young architects at the firm. The Architect’s Newspaper will publish a longer obituary in its next issue.

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