Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, FAIA, known for his expressive museum designs, died on July 11 from renal cell cancer. He was 56.
After several years at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Stout worked nearly eight years for Frank Gehry before starting his own firm in 1996. Stout’s design experience spanned industrial, educational, and residential facilities, but it was his work on cultural facilities that earned him the most accolades. He designed a number of museums, including the aurora borealis-inspired Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton; the cantilevered Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completed earlier this year; and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, for which Stout won an International Architecture Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Art Gallery of Alberta. Photo by Robert Lemermeyer
A staunch advocate of environmental sustainability, Stout created environments that capture the unique composition of their surroundings while transforming light, shadow, form, and materials into innovative architecture.
Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts. Photo by Fred S. Gerlich Studio
In addition to his evocative designs, Stout made many contributions to the architecture profession as an educator and mentor. Most recently, he was a professor and graduate program coordinator at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Architecture; he also served as lecturer and adjunct professor at UCLA, USC, University of Texas, University of Arkansas, and Cornell University.
Taubman Museum of Art. Photo by Randall Stout
Memorials may be made to:
East Tennessee Foundation
Randall Stout Memorial Scholarship Fund
625 Market Street, Suite 1400
Knoxville, TN 37902