Remembering people we lost in 2020

During a yr described by immensurable decline, it is not shocking that our once-a-year In Memoriam list is, regrettably, lengthier than in a long time previous. In 2020, we lost advocates and teachers, vanguards and visionaries, innovators and educators, and these who made their very own special marks on the created natural environment in strategies big and compact.

The coronavirus pandemic, of system, performed a job in the 2020 listing, as it claimed the lives of a number of well known names from the planet of architecture and design and style such as the urbanist, architect, and wondrously prolific critic Michael Sorkin.

This year AN also missing 1 of our very own guiding lights: William “Bill” Menking, an educator and architectural historian who was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, handed away on April 11 next a prolonged struggle with cancer. He was 72.

Down below the excerpt from our tribute to Menking, penned by previous executive editor Matt Shaw, you’ll find the total record of obituaries, organized in alphabetical get, that we’ve posted in excess of the training course of the earlier 12 turbulent months. (The identify of every single individual is straight connected to their respective obituary/tribute.) For those not mentioned, we recall absolutely everyone who misplaced their life this year to disorder, injustice, violence, starvation, and the fingers of time.

Architectural historian and educator co-founder and editor-in-main of The Architect’s Newspaper

William Menking tooting through a yellow horn
William “Bill” Menking (Courtesy Rob Gregory)

Wrote Matt Shaw, former govt editor of AN, in his tribute:

“We will proceed to rejoice the lifetime of Invoice Menking, who will be remembered as someone who was constantly in the proper location at the right time, agitating and connecting, respiratory life into no matter what was about him. Bill’s memory will stay on not only by the continued affect of The Architect’s Newspaper, Pratt, and Storefront, but also by way of all the life he touched with his mentorship and steerage.

Every person who arrived via the paper took some aspect of Bill’s pondering with them. For me, his influence is palpable: How to avoid the standing quo or the cliché. How to perform in and close to institutions. How to do extra with significantly less, and not be way too valuable. How to retain the social mission radical. Quite a few of my fellow tourists came by Invoice, including my Rockaways fishing buddy Walter Meyer and my Sunday pasta buddy James Wines, each, like Menking, similarly enthusiasts of everyday living and intellectual dialogue.

I cannot count the quantity of folks whose do the job I researched in architecture faculty that I finished up meeting by way of Bill in social circumstances, nor, I suspect, can many others. ‘Bill was a person who gave you every thing without inquiring anything at all in return. He was a connector of people today, tips and souls,’ explained Eva Franch I Gilabert, previous director of Storefront for Art and Architecture and now director of the Architectural Affiliation. ‘If I just designed a map of all the folks he connected me to, I would be able to make a portrait of a technology of idealist, truthful, generous, radical and eternally younger.’”

Dean of the Syracuse College University of Architecture (1990-2002)

Philanthropist, investor, and patron of the arts

Woman in front of dark background; Anne Bass
Anne Bass (Ron Galella)

Architecture and design editor

Architect and critic


Artist Christo in front of a painting of an orange pyramid
Christo (Wolfgang Volz/Christo)

Architect, activist, and civic chief

An elderly African-American man, Robert Coles
Robert Coles (Courtesy nycoba | NOMA)

Architecture writer and critic

Professor emeritus, the University of Maryland University of Architecture, Setting up & Preservation

Founding dean, the College at Buffalo Faculty of Architecture and Scheduling

Photo of John Paul Eberhard receiving the Dean’s Medal
John Paul Eberhard obtaining the College at Buffalo College of Architecture and Planning’s Dean’s Medal in 2012 (Courtesy University at Buffalo)

Architect and city planner

Architect, urban planner, and author

Black and white photo of Vittorio Gregotti
Vittorio Gregotti (Adriano Alecchi/Wikimedia Commons)

Founding dean and professor emeritus, the College of Maryland College of Architecture, Organizing & Preservation

Landscape architect and educator

portrait of landscape architect carol r. johnson
Carol Johnson at a project internet site (Courtesy Carol Johnson and The Cultural Landscape Foundation)

Architect and educator

Architect and urban planner

Black and white photo of four men, the far left being George Kostritsky
A historical picture of the RTKL founders. From left to right: Archibald Rogers, Francis Taliaferro, Charles Lamb and George Kostritsky. (Provided by CallisonRTKL)

Preservationist and creator

Previous AIA National president, previous dean of the School of Structure at North Carolina Condition College (1994-2005),  president of the NewSchool of Architecture & Layout

Educator, architect, and previous dean of the Princeton University of Architecture (1982-1989)

Robert Maxwell
Robert Maxwell in 2003 at Le Corbusier’s Unite. (Courtesy the Maxwell Household)

Artist, futurist, and conceptual designer

Educator and architect

Photographer, professor at The Cooper Union

A woman, Margaret Morton, in black and white in a photo gallery
Margaret Morton at the Kimmel Heart in 1995 (Janet Odgis)

Architect and educator


Arts and architecture advocate, co-founder of the Museum of Present-day Art (MOCA), Los Angeles

Photo of an elderly woman, Merry Norris, in a black dress
Merry Norris (Courtesy SCI-Arc)

Architect and developer

B&W portrait of Jack Portman
John C. “Jack” Portman III (Courtesy Portman Architects)

Architect and city planner

Author and thinker


Architect, urbanist, author, and educator

Black and white photo of Michael sorkin
Michael Sorkin (Courtesy Dorothy Alexander)