Remembering Lebbeus

Remembering Lebbeus

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Oct 30, 2012
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Today we learned of the passing of a great architect, Lebbeus Woods.

Lebbeus was a large than life character. A thoughtful curmudgeon, incredible visionary and one of the last great draftsmen in the industry. We were lucky to have his support over the years and he always made time to get involved in discussing the future of the profession. More importantly, I considered him a friend.

In 1999 he was the first well known architect to personally reach out to us. It was a huge honor for me as his book "Anarchitecture: Architecture is a political act" was a defining book in the conception of Architecture for Humanity. Opening with the same line as he always said "what can I do for you?", he quickly became a trusted mentor.

In the years we spent communicating it became apparent that he was a quiet optimist and truly believed in the adaptation of the profession. While he didn't leave us with buildings, he left us with a reason to build.

Cameron Sinclair

image from our first public event. Micheal Sorkin and Lebbeus discussing architecture without building and building without architects