1982 Pritzker Laureate Kevin Roche (1922-2019) has died at age 96, and is celebrated for his legacy of built works that will far surpass his career, which spanned over six decades.
The 1982 Jury stated in its Citation, “He is no easy man to describe: an innovator who does not worship innovation for itself, a professional unconcerned with trends, a quiet humble man who conceives and executes great works, a generous man of strictest standards for his own work. In this award to Kevin Roche we recognize and honor an architect who persists in being an individual, and has for all of us, through his work and his person, made a difference for the better.”
The Irish-born American architect was the fourth recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and recognized for his vast institutional and corporate spaces that satisfied respective communities and their environments. He designed the masterplan of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1968), and much of the expansion that followed, including the Lehman Pavilion, Temple of Dendur, and the reopened American and Islamic wings. Other significant works include the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA ,1965), Ford Foundation (New York, NY, 1968), General Foods headquarters (Rye Brook, NY, 1982), and J.P. Morgan Bank headquarters (New York, NY, 1990).
During his acceptance speech in May 1982, Mr Roche reflected, “Is not the act of building an act of faith in the future and an act of hope? Hope, that the testimony of our civilization will be passed onto others. Hope, that what we are doing is not only seen and useful and beautiful, [but] a clear and true reflection of our own aspirations. And hope, of course, that it is an art which will communicate with the future and touch those generations as we ourselves have been touched and moved by the past.”
Mr. Roche co-founded Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates in 1961 and is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
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