Distinguished architect Kevin Roche has just died, leaving behind a long record of achievements in his field, including the 1982 Pritzker Prize. Roche’s career got a humble start in his native Ireland, where his first architectural designs were for things like cheese warehouses. His career only really took off when he was hired in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Associates, where he helped worked on projects like the TWA airport terminal. In the 60s, Roche and fellow Saarinen alumnus John Dinkeloo started their own company, which would design headquarters for Deere and JP Morgan Chase, among others.
- Architect Kevin Roche whose modernist imprint was made all over New York has been announced dead by his architecture firm at the age of 96.
- Among the many accomplishments that Kevin Roche was awarded during his career in architecture were the Pritzker prize in 1982 which is architecture’s highest honor.
- Kevin Roche was born in Ireland and started his earlier architectural works there some of which included a cheese warehouse and piggeries.
“This is especially apparent in many of his works in New York City, from the Ford Foundation’s headquarters—a striking Cor-Ten steel cube that gives way to a lush indoor botanical garden—to the column-esque Postmodern skyscraper at 60 Wall Street.”