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Sarah Ann Dennison, founding member of CO Architects, passes

Architect Sarah Ann Dennison, a founding member of CO Architects, has passed away. (Courtesy CO Architects)

Los Angeles architect Sarah Ann Dennison has passed away.

A The Los Angeles Times obituary describes the architect as “a biologist, a photographer and a feminist” who started out with a degree in biology from Wells College before attending the University of Southern California in 1976.

Dennison graduated alongside her husband and classmate Greg in 1980 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Dennison graduated first in her class at USC and earned an AIA|LA Academic Medal for her stellar credentials as a student.

Dennison joined architects Anshen+Allen in Los Angeles in 1987, a firm that specialized in healthcare and laboratory building projects. She would eventually become a founding member of CO Architects, a firm she helped lead until her retirement in 2008. While at CO Architects, Dennison worked on many healthcare and university buildings.

After retirement, Dennison worked with the Venice Land Use and Planning Committee as well as on issues relating to global warming and the environment. In 2010,  she was awarded a Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for her “immersive involvement in shaping architecture with clients leads to the creations of engaging and transformative environments that celebrate scientific discovery. Her buildings stimulate hands-on learning and foster delight in the wonder of science.” Dennison also co-chaired the AIA|LA Fellows Nominating and Mentoring Committee and as a result, helped many distinguished candidates achieve Fellowship.

A celebration of her life will be held at USC’s Harris Hall at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

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