1972 in architecture
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The year 1972 in architecture involved some significant events.
- The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the tallest in the world at this time, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, in Lower Manhattan, New York.
- 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.