Robert Hull, FAIA, founding partner of The Miller Hull Partnership, has died following complications related to a stroke he suffered while on sabbatical in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was 68.
Hull cofounded his Seattle firm with Washington State University classmate David Miller in 1977. Prior to that, Hull designed more than 100 sustainable schools in Afghanistan during his four years with the Peace Corps. He also worked for the New York office of Marcel Breuer, then joined Miller at Rhone Iredale in Vancouver before launching their own practice.
“Hull was regarded for his natural ability to grasp the essence of a project and translate it into an inspired physical manifestation of client values,” according to a statement from The Miller Hull Partnership. “His design approach was that of an artist with an amazing eye for composition.”
Hull brought his modernist aesthetic to many places throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Vancouver Community Library, Odegaard Library at the University of Washington (which won an AIA 2014 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture), Seattle Pacific University Science Building and University Center for Performing Arts, and the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.
Hull’s design leadership helped garner the 2003 AIA National Firm Award for sustained design excellence. He and Miller also earned the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award in 2006 and jointly received the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor in 2010. Hull recently returned to Afghanistan, where he was guiding the design of a health clinic and girls’ school in communities where he had served in the Peace Corps more than 40 years ago.
Hull is survived by his wife and two sons. A family funeral service will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 13. Plans for a public Seattle celebration of his life will be announced later.