November 8, 2005
Robert H. Timme, FAIA, Dean of the University
of Southern California School of Architecture, died on October
20, at his Los Angeles home from complications related to
lung cancer. He was 60 years old. Timme will be remembered
for his career as an architect, scholar and educator.
A native of Houston, Texas, Timme earned
his bachelors and masters degrees in architecture
from Rice University. He joined the University of Houston
faculty in 1971 and soon after co-founded Taft Architects.
The firm developed an award-winning portfolio, including the
YMCA Masterson Branch in Houston. In 1992 Timme was appointed
dean of the University of Houstons College of Architecture,
where he founded and directed the Centre dEtude dArchitecture
et dUrbanisme, a unique research and teaching center
in Saintes, France.
Timme accepted the dean position at USC
in 1996, and immediately immersed himself in the architectural
community. He chaired the Design Advisory Council for the
Los Angeles Unified School District, and raised $1.3 million
for the restoration of a Frank Lloyd Wright house that had
been bequeathed to USC. In 2002, the American Association
of Architects, Los Angeles chapter, awarded Timme the Presidential
Citation for his leadership and dedication to the community.