Thank you Sharon, Doug and Steve for bringing Max Bond's name up as an important Black architect. I worked for Max in the mid 90s when he was a partner with Davis Brody Architects in NYC. And while I did not have a great deal of time working with Max, my interactions with him had a profound impact on understanding the impact that he had with his soft spoken voice and kind/gentle demeanor, which provided a level of comfort in being approachable.Max also had an incredible eye for details along with an encyclopedic knowledge of building precedents that all contributed to his strong design sense abilities and insightful critiques on evolving projects in the office.
I remember the day In 1994 that I was meeting with Max in his office when he received the shocking phone call news that another Black architect in NYC, Harry Simmons, died at the age of 51 in a plane crash. While visibly shaken, after he received this news, we did spend a little time talking about Harry's contributions and his founding of the NY Coalition of Black Architects.i died far too young.