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Robert Timme, USC Architecture Dean, Dies

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 bachelor’s and master’s 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 Houston’s College of Architecture, where he founded and directed the Centre d’Etude d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme, 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.

Allison Milionis