Jack Train, FAIA, a founding principal of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates in Chicago, died on March 17 at the age of 91. He was known for his technical and design excellence, along with his many contributions the architecture profession.
Train spent the first 20 years of his career with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he designed award-winning projects such as the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and inland Steel Building in Chicago.
Starting in 1966, he was a principal of Metz, Train, Olson & Youngren; 10 years later the firm became Metz, Train & Youngren. In 1982, Train founded Jack Train Associates and in 1993 brought longtime colleague Mark Dewalt on board. A year later, the pair teamed with Joseph Valerio to become Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. Train served as the firm’s president until his retirement in 1998, after which he was named principal emeritus.
Train was actively involved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the local, state, and national levels. He served as the AIA Chicago Chapter president from 1962 to 1964 and was the first president of AIA Illinois (then known as the Illinois AIA Council) and later its chairman. He also was chairman of several task forces and committees at the national level. In 1974, Train received the Edward C. Kemper Award, given each year by the AIA to an architect for outstanding service to the profession. He also wrote the book The Unsung Essentials of Architecture, which focuses on the business of architecture.
Train is survived by his wife Virginia; his children, Jack, Barbara, and Pamela; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.