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John Paul Eberhard

  • 1.  John Paul Eberhard

    Posted 05-06-2020 13:17
    I am saddened to report that my mentor, colleague and friend, John Paul Eberhard, passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday May 2cd. Many of you knew John and met with him over the many years that he served the architectural profession. He was one of the great thinkers and innovators of the last century. He loved being an architect, futurist and system theorist. He served the profession in many ways, as Director of the Institute for Applied Technology at the National Bureau of Standards, Dean of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design at the State University of New York at Buffalo, President of the AIA Research Corporation, Executive Director  of the Building Research Advisory Board at the National Academy of Sciences, Head of the Department of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, Director of Discovery at the American Architectural Foundation, and Founder and President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.

    He was an amazing person and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.

    Michael J. Holtz, FAIA
    Boulder, Colorado

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    Founder and CEO
    LightLouver LLC

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  • 2.  RE: John Paul Eberhard

    Posted 05-07-2020 17:55
    I was a student at SUNY at Buffalo in 1969 where John was Dean. These were heady times of political unrest, intellectual exploration and experimentation. John was ideally suited to manage the disparate forces at work creating a radically new program in Environmental Design. He followed the trajectory of my career as he did for many of his acolytes. To say he was an innovator does not capture his brilliance. To say he was committed does not capture his passion. I am at once deeply saddened to hear of his death and yet grateful that I knew him and benefitted from his guidance.

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  • 3.  RE: John Paul Eberhard

    Posted 05-08-2020 15:38

    We will never forget John here in Buffalo. One of his signal achievements in a career spanning six decades was his experimental work in design education at the University at Buffalo. As founding dean of what was then known as UB's 'School of Architecture and Environmental Design', John radically reconceived design education based on general systems theory. He understood the challenge before the profession was not to design better buildings but to redesign the entire process by which society planned, designed, and delivered the built environment. He inspired a cadre of experimental thinkers – a self-described 'band of renegades' in both our faculty and students – that would carry his mission forward and shape the landscape of practice, teaching, and research in our profession. As we mark our 50th anniversary this year, we remember John for instilling in us an ethos of inquiry and innovation in service to the common good that is still alive and well here in Buffalo. I invite all of you to read our full tribute to John at http://ap.buffalo.edu/news/2020/eberhard-obit

    Robert Shibley FAIA
    Professor and Dean
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York
    Buffalo NY