It is wonderful to see these remembrances of David. Mine:
I was 7-8 years after Elliot to enter Crown Hall. By that time, David was firmly ensconced in the 5th year and graduate studios, leading extraordinary research on long span and super tall buildings. It was a time for heroic structures (and a few years before we started to hear about learning from Las Vegas). He was the most elegant and erudite man, highly successful and fully devoted to teaching.
I got married during my third year and was allowed to rent a married student apartment in the grad/faculty apartment cluster (in Mies buildings!). David and his wife lived in the building next door. While I didn't have David for any of my studios, I often saw him walking to Crown Hall in the morning and he never failed to invite me to walk with him and talk about what was going on. This was in 1970-73, so there was a lot to discuss! He was a wonderful man.
Recently, in my involvement with the Mies van der Rohe Society, we honored several of the iconic Mies Curriculum faculty, including David. We mounted an exhibit of some of his student's long span and tall building projects and he was very generous in his help. Our next Mies Birthday event, next March, will include a more complete exhibit of long span projects, which he was helping to curate at the time of his passing.
Indeed, may his memory be a blessing.
Steven F. Weiss, FAIA
Architecture • Planning • Design
I remember David in the design studio at SOM Chicago in the late sixties. At that time, the John Hancock was going up and SOM had been recently featured on the cover of time magazine. I know that David was very influential to SOM at that time and will be missed greatly by the profession in general.
Joel Tomei, FAIA