William Menking

William Menking is the Editor-in-Chief of The Architect's Newspaper.

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Pioneering architectural journalist Mildred Schmertz passes away

The Architect’s Newspaper wants to note the passing of architectural journalist Mildred Schmertz, who was a contributor to the paper. Suzanne Stephens, deputy editor of Architectural Record, has written a respectful obituary of Schmertz, who spent the entirety of her professional career at Architectural Record. She was 92. Schmertz was…
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British historian Gavin Stamp passes away at 69

Gavin Stamp, the English architecture historian, died on December 30, 2017 at 69. His Ph.D dissertation at Cambridge was a re-assessment of the career of George Gilbert Scott and he went on to become the leading spokesperson for British architecture. An architectural activist, he lectured, wrote and issued polemical tracts…
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Atlanta architect and developer John Portman dead at 93

John C. Portman Jr., the Atlanta architect and developer has died at 93. The Georgia Tech–trained architect is credited with developing large downtown projects that revolved around the concept of the the atrium, which he turned into large and dramatic enclosed open spaces surrounded by multiple balconies, hundreds of…
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Artist Tim Rollins, who commissioned Aldo Rossi Studio, dies at 62

The announcement that artist Tim Rollins has died at age 62 has shocked many of his colleagues in the art world. Along with Julie Ault and Félix González-Torres, Rollins co-founded Manhattan-based Group Material in 1979. The collective's East Village gallery questioned curatorial practices with a series of oddball shows…
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Tribute wall for Vito Acconci rises at Storefront

Vito Acconci morphed slowly into an architect from the worlds of art and poetry. His art work moved from audio performances and the written page in the 1970s to installation pieces that were increasingly sculptural objects in space. In these newer works, he was always conscious of the public…
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The 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale announces curators

The 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale has announced its curators of the upcoming event. After a yearlong search, the jury has selected the “transdisciplinary” architecture and engineering practice Interrobang, with its British founder Maria Smith and Canadian associate Matthew Dalziel, British critic Phineas Harper, and Norwegian urban researcher Cecille…
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Graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff passes away at 85

  Ivan Chermayeff, one of the founders of the modern profession of graphic design, passed away on December 3 at age 85. Born in London to design royalty, his father Serge was a Russian-born industrial designer, author, and architect of the De La Warr Pavilion (with Erich Mendelsohn). Ivan was…