Kevin Roche RIP

Kevin Roche RIP

We were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Kevin Roche, a staunch supporter of the Union and a dearly valued friend to many of our members. 

Kevin will be remembered, among many things, for his peerless architectural talent, his great strength of character, and of course his intelligence and camaraderie. Our thoughts at this time are with his family and close friends, and we wish them all the best during this period. 

From the New York Times:

"Kevin Roche, the Dublin-born American architect whose modernist buildings, at once bold and refined, gave striking new identities to corporations, museums and institutions around the world, died on Friday at his home in Guilford, Conn. He was 96.

His architectural firm, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, in Hamden, Conn., announced his death on its website.

Mr. Roche was one of the rare architects who was admired and trusted by corporate executives, museum boards and government officials, who allowed him wide leeway in expressing his restless formal imagination.


In 1993 Mr. Roche was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor the institute bestows.

When Mr. Roche received the Pritzker in 1982, he delivered an acceptance speech that displayed both his capacity for self-deprecating humor and his belief that architecture was a noble pursuit. He quoted from a letter he had received complaining that his work was “moribund” and that the Pritzker jury “must be out of their minds” to have given him the prize.

He could only respond, he said, by asking: “Is not the act of building an act of faith in the future, and of hope? Hope that the testimony of our civilization will be passed on to others, hope that what we are doing is not only sane and useful and beautiful, but a clear and true reflection of our own aspirations. And hope 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.”

A number of other touching pieces detailing Kevin's life and work have been published, to which we have linked below. We are deeply honoured to have counted him among our members, and these pieces go some way towards outlining his truly extraordinary contributions.