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Remembering Legendary Architect Bruce Graham
Posted by Daniel Popp on April 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM.

Bruce Graham passed away last month at the age of 84. Even though many might not recognize his name, his work as an architect is certainly well known.

 

Structural steel played a supporting role in the accomplishments of this visionary architect, the lead designer for many signature projects. Most notable among his designs are the John Hancock Center and the Willis Tower (originally the Sears Tower), both built with steel. After his death on March 6, he was remembered in major newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well as his hometown Chicago Tribune.

 

Graham was a senior design partner at the Chicago-based design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he collaborated on his two most famous projects with another legend, structural engineer Fazlur Khan. Other steel-framed icons designed by Graham include Chicago’s Inland Steel Building, Three First National Plaza, and One Magnificent Mile.

An aside to those who chafe at the structural engineer’s lack of glory: Mr. Graham, the architect behind two of the most recognizable structures in America, was far surpassed in notoriety by his buildings. Though his name was not well known, his legacy stands tall nevertheless.

 

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