May 21, 2014 |
Shraga Berenfeld, 73, of Philadelphia, an architect known for his eco-friendly buildings here and abroad, died Friday, May 16, of respiratory arrest at Hahnemann University Hospital. Born in Siberia, Mr. Berenfeld moved to Israel and then to the United States in 1964. After a stay in New York, he came to the Philadelphia area. Working for most of the time under the company name Design and Build Architects in Wynnewood, Mr. Berenfeld spent more than three decades doing design and construction work.
May 12, 2014 |
Jonathan Dyer, 68, of Wynnewood, a longtime architect in the Philadelphia area, died Sunday, May 4, of lymphoma at home. Born in Bryn Mawr, Mr. Dyer was a graduate of the Haverford School and Princeton University. In 1967, he got his start working for the architectural firm Vincent G. Kling & Associates. He designed master plans for Washington National (now Reagan National) Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. In 1971, Mr. Dyer and his family moved to London so he could join T.P. Bennett & Son, a firm that specialized in urban public projects.
June 8, 2015 |
Alexander Ewing, 93, of Media, a Philadelphia architect who started out with 30 workers in 1961 and with Stanley Cole built EwingCole, an engineering and design firm with offices on both coasts, died Friday, May 29, at home. The cause of death was complications from a stroke, his family said. Mr. Ewing worked with his father, architect George M. Ewing, from 1945 through 1960. In 1961, he broke off and formed his own firm, initially called Alexander Ewing & Associates. One of Mr. Ewing's first projects was the completion of the Rohm & Haas Building (now Dow Chemical)
June 2, 2012 |
David Amburn, 64, whose dreams of becoming an architect were realized in a long career of cutting-edge design in Philadelphia, died of cancer Tuesday, April 10, at his home in Hayesville, N.C., where he had lived since 2011. "From the time he was a little boy ... he designed homes with Lincoln Logs," said Mr. Amburn's sister, Peggy Epton. "And I don't remember him ever wanting to do anything else other than architecture. " In 2008, Mayor Nutter recognized Mr. Amburn, a partner in the Center City firm Amburn/Jarosinski, with an appointment to the Philadelphia Historical Commission, where he headed its architectural review commission.
June 9, 2011
Stefan Kurylowicz, 62, a Polish architect who helped modernize Warsaw in the two decades after the collapse of communism, was among four Poles killed Monday when their two small planes crashed in Spain, an associate said Tuesday. Mr. Kurylowicz (pronounced Kur-eh-WOH-vich ) was "a Renaissance man," the Polish news agency PAP said. Born in Warsaw in 1949, he helped shape the capital as it evolved from a city dominated by drab communist-era architecture to a modern city dotted with tall glass and steel structures - some of the architect's creation.
May 12, 2011 |
Nathan Kagan, 78, of Penn Valley, a retired architect, died from complications of Parkinson's disease Tuesday, May 10, at Saunders House in Wynnewood. Mr. Kagan ended his career as chief architect for Amtrak, representing the railroad's interests in the design of the Cira Centre, a 29-story skyscraper built in 2004 over tracks next to 30th Street Station. After emigrating from South Africa to Philadelphia in 1978, Mr. Kagan worked for a number of architectural firms and developers.
February 1, 2015 |
William W. McDowell Jr., 85, an architect from Chestnut Hill, died Monday, Jan. 19, of complications from dementia at Springfield Residence in Wyndmoor, where he had lived for seven years. Mr. McDowell was born in Chestnut Hill and attended Chestnut Hill Academy until ninth grade, when the school closed during World War II. He transferred and graduated from St. Andrews School in Middletown, Del. He was a member of the Class of 1951 at Princeton University, where he played rugby. Mr. McDowell went on to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1954 with high honors.
October 24, 2015 |
Francis G. Vitetta, 83, of Spring House, an architect whose firm built or restored many notable structures in Philadelphia and New Jersey, died Thursday, Oct. 15, of a heart attack at home. Known as Frank, Mr. Vitetta was born in Mamaroneck, N.Y., after his parents came to this country from Italy. He attended F.E. Bellows High School and the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in architecture and engineering. Starting in the early 1980s, his company, the Vitetta Group, created public buildings known for efficiency and functionality.
December 30, 2012 |
James Nelson Kise II, 75, a Philadelphia architect and urban planner who left his aesthetic mark on the local landscape but whose touch was felt as far away as Venezuela and Egypt, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, of a heart ailment at his home in Freeport, Maine. Mr. Kise was a principal of Kise, Straw & Kolodner, the firm he cofounded in 1984 from the remnants of David A. Crane & Partners. In the role of architect and planner for many high-profile projects, Mr. Kise blended his advocacy of contemporary design with what he saw as the need to preserve historic buildings.