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Architect Ehrman B. Mitchell Dies

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.

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Mitchell and Romaldo Giurgola founded Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in Philadelphia in 1958, and the firm’s major projects during Mitchell’s tenure included the Visitor’s 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 AIA’s 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

 

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