January 26, 2005
Ehrman B. Mitchell, Jr., FAIA, founding
partner of Mitchell/Giurgola Architects and the 1979 national
president of the American Institute of Architects, died on
January 18. Mitchell, who had suffered from Multiple Sclerosis
over the past two decades, died one week before his 80th birthday.
Mitchell and Romaldo Giurgola founded Mitchell/Giurgola Architects
in Philadelphia in 1958, and the firms major projects
during Mitchells tenure included the Visitors
Center of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil
Hills, North Carolina; Liberty Bell Pavilion in Philadelphia;
and the Parliament Buildings in Canberra, Australia. Mitchell/Giurgola
Architects, now based in New York City, won the AIAs
1976 Architecture Firm Award. Mitchell retired in 1985.
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects Partner Steven M. Goldberg,
FAIA, says, Ehrman B. Mitchell was a firm believer in
the notion of the complete architect and the creation of an
architecture of consequence. His favorite analogy was the
ability to play all 88 keys of the piano. To that end, he
inspired his partners and staff to join him in building a
practice that valued and integrated good management, technical
proficiency and design excellence.
John E. Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA