1972 in architecture
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The year 1972 in architecture involved some significant events.
- The North Tower (1WTC) of the World Trade Center, the tallest in the world at this time, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, is completed. The South Tower (2WTC) opens to its first tenants in January 1972.
- 55 Water Street, designed by Emery Roth and Sons and Lee Jablin, Lower Manhattan, New York is completed.
- Brunswick Centre in London, designed by Patrick Hodgkinson is completed.
- Chase Tower in Phoenix, designed by Welton Becket and Associates is completed, becoming the tallest building in the southwest United States.
- Robin Hood Gardens council housing complex in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson is completed.
- Trellick Tower in North Kensington, London, by Ernő Goldfinger is completed.
- Munich Olympic Arena, designed by Gunter Behnisch for the 1972 Summer Olympics is completed.
- Brion-Vega Cemetery, San Vito d'Alvitole, Italy by Carlo Scarpa is completed.
- Centraal Beheer, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands by Herman Hertzberger is completed.
- Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Exeter, New Hampshire by Louis Kahn is completed.
- Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas by Louis Kahn is completed.
- KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark by Alvar and Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël is completed.
- Commerce Court West in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is completed and becomes the tallest building in the British Commonwealth (1972-1975).
- Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, California, United States is completed.
- Fernmeldeturm Kiel in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany is completed.
- One Penn Plaza in New York City, New York, United States is completed.
- McGraw-Hill Building in Manhattan, New York, United States is completed and opened.
- The Fernmeldeturm Frauenkopf (Stuttgarter Fernmeldeturm) in Stuttgart, Germany is completed.
- The Wells Fargo Center in Portland, Oregon, United States is opened.
- The Camlica TV Tower in Istanbul, Turkey is completed.
- The Dorint Hotel Tower in Augsburg, Germany is completed and opened.
- The Catedral de Maringá in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil is completed and is one of the tallest churches/ cathedrals in the world.
- Library of Downside Abbey in England, designed by Francis Pollen, is built.
- Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour and Denise Scott Brown is published.
- India passes the Architects Act governing the professional practice of architecture in India.
- Yale University designates the Yale School of Architecture as a separate professional school.
- Demolition begins (March 16) of the Pruitt–Igoe public housing project designed by Minoru Yamasaki in St. Louis, Missouri, representing the end of modern architecture according to critic Charles Jencks.
- AIA Gold Medal - Pietro Belluschi
- Architecture Firm Award - Caudill Rowlett Scott
- RAIA Gold Medal - Ted Farmer
- RIBA Royal Gold Medal - Louis Kahn
- AIA Twenty-five Year Award - Baldwin Hills Village
- John Betjeman - A Pictorial History of English Architecture.
- January 9 - Liang Sicheng (b. 1901)
- February 24 - Sven Markelius (b. 1889)
- June 19 - Elisabeth Scott (b. 1898)
- November 25 - Hans Scharoun (b. 1893)
- December 14 - Yoshikazu Uchida (b. 1885)
- Pedersen, Simon Ostenfeld. "KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg". 1001 stories of Denmark. Danish Agency for Culture. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- Jencks, Charles (1984). The Language of Post-Modern Architecture. New York: Rizzoli. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-8478-0571-6. ISBN 0847805719. Film from the demolition is featured in the 1983 Godfrey Reggio movie Koyaanisqatsi.