Philosopher and architecture writer Roger Scruton dies aged 75

Roger Scruton, the British conservative thinker, author and architecture critic, who was co-chair of Building Better, Building Beautiful, has passed away at the age of 75. Scruton, who died after a short battle with cancer, was a controversial figure throughout his career as a right-wing philosopher. Author of The Aesthetics of Architecture and The Classical Vernacular: […]

Remembering the great architects and designers we lost in 2019

This year sadly saw the passing of many iconic figures from architecture and design, including architect IM Pei, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and lighting designer Ingo Maurer. We remember 10 of the greats we lost in 2019 to complete our review of the year. Other legends who passed away this year include architect César Pelli, […]

British album cover designer Vaughan Oliver dies at 62

Graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, who created album covers for bands the Pixies, Cocteau Twins and The Breeders, has passed away at age 62. Oliver was best known for the numerous covers he designed for independent British record label 4AD, where he created the majority of its album artwork between 1982 and 1998 via the graphic […]

SCI-Arc founding director and “unparalleled” architect Ray Kappe dies aged 92

SCI-Arc founding director and celebrated Californian modernist Ray Kappe has passed away aged 92, leaving behind “a body of architecture of the highest level”. Kappe established the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) with his wife Shelly Kappe, Thom Mayne, Jim Stafford, Glen Small, Ahde Lahti and Bill Simonian in 1972. The late architect is […]

RIBA Gold-medal winner Ted Cullinan dies aged 88

RIBA Royal Gold-medal winning architect Edward Cullinan, founder of Cullinan Studio, has passed away aged 88. Cullinan died in his sleep on Monday 11 November. The architect, who was known as Ted, was awarded the 2008 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in recognition of his “inspirational practice and teaching”. Alongside creating buildings that included […]

Architect, critic and Maggie’s Centres co-founder Charles Jencks dies at 80

Charles Jencks, architecture historian, landscape architect and director of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres has passed away at the age of 80. Jencks is widely regarded as the leading thinker on Postmodernism in architecture, which he defined with his seminal book, The Language of Post-Modern Architecture. He died yesterday at his home in London, the Maggie’s […]

Dutch typographer and graphic designer Wim Crouwel dies at 90

Wim Crouwel, the renowned Dutch graphic designer responsible for the identity of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum for more than two decades and founder of Total Design, has died aged 90. Dutch typographer and graphic designer Crouwel, nicknamed Mr Gridnik, died last week in his hometown of Amsterdam at the age of 90. Tributes from around the […]

Biodynamic design pioneer Luigi Colani dies aged 91

German industrial designer Luigi Colani, renowned for his curvaceous product and transport designs, has died in his home country at the age of 91. Colani was best known for the curved, organic forms of his designs, which he described as “biodynamic”, including the Pegasus grand piano for manufacturer Schimmel and numerous vehicles. The designer passed […]

Superstudio co-founder Cristiano Toraldo di Francia dies aged 78

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the Italian architect who co-founded the radical design collective Superstudio, has died at the age of 78. Di Francia started the radical design collective Superstudio in 1966 with Adolfo Natalini while studying at the University of Florence. They were subsequently joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli, Alessandro and Roberto Magris, and Alessandro […]

César Pelli dies aged 92

Breaking news: Argentine-American César Pelli has died aged 92. The AIA Gold medal-winning architect was best known as the designer of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the world’s former tallest building. Pelli, who was a senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, passed away on the 19th July 2019. Along with the Petronas Towers, Pelli’s most […]

Philip Freelon, “the most significant African American architect in recent history”, dies aged 66

Philip Freelon, the architect behind major buildings dedicated to black culture in the US, including Washington DC’s National Museum of African American History and San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora, has passed away. The African American architect died Monday 9 July 2019 in North Carolina, where he founded his architecture firm The Freelon Group […]

Pierre Keller, former director of Ecal and an “extraordinary force of nature”, dies aged 74

Designers and students have paid tribute to Pierre Keller, the graphic artist and former director of Swiss design school Ecal, who died of liver cancer on 7 July. Keller directed the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (Ecal) from 1995 to 2011, transforming it into one of the world’s most influential design schools. Industrial designer Luke […]

Stanley Tigerman “giant of our time” dies aged 88

Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, a founding member of the rebellious postmodern architecture group Chicago Seven, has passed away aged 88. Tigerman died yesterday following a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife and partner Margaret McCurry told Architect Magazine. The architect was among the seven founding members of the Chicago Seven, along with Larry […]

IM Pei dies aged 102

Pritzker Prize-winning architect IM Pei has passed away aged 102. The Chinese-American architect’s death on 16 May was confirmed by his firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. His son, Li Chung Pei, told The New York Times that his father passed away overnight. Pei is known for a bold modernist style that experimented with strict […]

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