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New Orleans Architect Allen Eskew dies at 65

11 December, 2013

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Allen Eskew, a founder of New Orleans firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, died December 10. He was 65. A cause of death has not yet been announced, according to The Times-Picayune.

Two days after his death, the American Institute of Architects announced that Eskew+Dumez+Ripple received the 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the organization's highest national award for a firm.

"It’s incredibly bittersweet,” firm cofounder Steven Dumez said in an AIA statement. “Allen was tremendously proud of what we were all able to collectively build as a firm, so I speak for him and the rest of the firm when I say we’re extremely grateful that we have the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

Eskew was acclaimed for projects in the New Orleans region, such as the design of the 1984 World's Fair, the Aquarium of the Americas, and development projects along the Mississippi River. His firm played a large role in the rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina, including renovating the Superdome and creating an adjoining pedestrian mall.

In 2010, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple was named the winner in the Exhibit category of Contract's Interior Awards for the Welcome Center of Prospect 1, an international art biennial in New Orleans. In 2011, Contact also featured the reconstruction of L.B. Landry High School.

Eskew’s family will hold a private service, and a public memorial is being planned shortly after the first of the year. A fund honoring Eskew’s civic and mentorship legacy also is in the works.




New Orleans Architect Allen Eskew dies at 65

11 December, 2013


Allen Eskew, a founder of New Orleans firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, died December 10. He was 65. A cause of death has not yet been announced, according to The Times-Picayune.

Two days after his death, the American Institute of Architects announced that Eskew+Dumez+Ripple received the 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the organization's highest national award for a firm.

"It’s incredibly bittersweet,” firm cofounder Steven Dumez said in an AIA statement. “Allen was tremendously proud of what we were all able to collectively build as a firm, so I speak for him and the rest of the firm when I say we’re extremely grateful that we have the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

Eskew was acclaimed for projects in the New Orleans region, such as the design of the 1984 World's Fair, the Aquarium of the Americas, and development projects along the Mississippi River. His firm played a large role in the rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina, including renovating the Superdome and creating an adjoining pedestrian mall.

In 2010, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple was named the winner in the Exhibit category of Contract's Interior Awards for the Welcome Center of Prospect 1, an international art biennial in New Orleans. In 2011, Contact also featured the reconstruction of L.B. Landry High School.

Eskew’s family will hold a private service, and a public memorial is being planned shortly after the first of the year. A fund honoring Eskew’s civic and mentorship legacy also is in the works.

 


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