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Eamonn Kevin Roche

(1922-06-14)June 14, 1922
Died March 1, 2019(2019-03-01) (aged 96)
  • Irish
  • American
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Occupation Architect
  • AIA Gold Medal
  • Twenty-five Year Award
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medals
  • Pritzker Prize
Practice Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

Eamonn Kevin Roche FAIA (June 14, 1922 – March 1, 2019) was an Irish-born American Pritzker Prize-winning architect. He was responsible for the design/master planning for over 200 built projects in both the U.S. and abroad. These projects include eight museums, 38 corporate headquarters, seven research facilities, performing arts centers, theaters, and campus buildings for six universities. In 1967 he created the master plan for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and thereafter designed all of the new wings and installation of many collections including the recently reopened American and Islamic wings.

Born in Dublin and a graduate from University College Dublin, Roche went to the United States to study with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In the U.S., he became the principal designer for Eero Saarinen, and opened his own architectural firm in 1967.

Among other awards, Roche received the Pritzker in 1982, the Gold Medal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1990, and the AIA Gold Medal in 1993.

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