Obit> Lauretta Vinciarelli, 1943-2011


Lauretta Vinciarelli, Night #6, 1996; architectural drawing; watercolor and ink on paper. (Courtesy SFMOMA)

Lauretta Vinciarelli, an artist, architect, and professor, whose water color paintings were deeply rooted in architecture, died Thursday in New York City. In the forward to her book Not Architecture: But Evidence That It Exists Brooke Hodge wrote of how “Vinciarelli’s work shows, indeed, how inextricably bound together art and architecture are for her and should be for more of us.” Her art crossed borders architectural form and space with an interest in light. “The paintings are of spaces I know that look nothing like what I paint,” Vinciarelli told Hodge.

Born in Rome, Vinciarelli trained and practiced in Italy before moving to New York in 1980. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Archive of the Venice Biennale, and SFMOMA. She was a professor at Columbia’s GSAPP and is survived by her husband Peter Rowe. The staff at The Architect’s Newspaper sends our condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.

Lauretta Vinciarelli, Atrium in Red, 1992; architectural drawing; watercolor and ink on paper. (Courtesy SFMOMA)

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