Bruce John Graham (December 1, 1925 – March 6, 2010) was a Colombian architect. Among his most notable buildings are the Inland Steel Building, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the Hotel Arts in Barcelona and the John Hancock Center. He worked with Fazlur Khan on all three constructions. Architectural historian Franz Schulze called him "the Burnham of his generation." He was a 1993 Pew Fellow.
Born on December 1, 1925 in La Cumbre, Colombia, Graham was the son of a Canadian-born father who was an international banker, and a Peruvian mother. His first language was Spanish. He attended Colegio San Jose de Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico, and graduated in 1944. He studied at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and at the Case School of Applied Sciences in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948 with a degree in architecture. When he first came to Chicago, he worked for Holabird and Root and joined the Chicago office Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the largest architectural firm in the United States in 1951. He later headed that office and was a long-time friend of Mies van der Rohe. He was deeply involved with many aspects of developing the city of Chicago, from city planning, bringing great public art to the city and involvement in individual projects. Bruce Graham built extensively all over the world from his home in Chicago, to Guatemala, Hong Kong, London, Cairo, and many other cities. He was extremely involved with the University of Pennsylvania, especially the School of Fine Arts. He believed that teachers of architecture should be currently involved in its practice. He was committed to the study of architectural theory and started the SOM Foundation. He also taught an architectural studio at Harvard. Graham was a great collector of art. He befriended Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Chryssa and Chillida, among others. He invited these artists to create public works of art for the city of Chicago. He believed that to create great work an architect should be informed by philosophy, history, music and literature. Graham died March 6, 2010 at the age of 84 in Hobe Sound, Florida.
On October 14, 2010, Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward, dedicated the streets to the south and east sides of the John Hancock Center – one of Graham’s most iconic achievements – as Honorary Bruce J. Graham Way. It runs along Chestnut Street between Mies van der Rohe Street and Michigan Avenue and along Mies van der Rohe Street – named after famed architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe - between Chestnut and Delaware Streets.
- 1958 - Inland Steel Building, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- 1970 - John Hancock Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- 1973 - Sears Tower (renamed Willis Tower), Wacker Drive, Chicago, USA
- 1973 - First Wisconsin Plaza, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
- 1992 - Arts Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
- "Bruce Graham, architect of Willis Tower and John Hancock Center, dies at age 84". Chicago Tribune. March 8, 2010.
- Grimes, William. "Bruce J. Graham, Chicago Architect Who Designed Sears Tower, Dies at 84," The New York Times, Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
- Miller, Stephen (March 10, 2010). "Apostle of Architecture's Power Left Mark on Chicago Skyline". Wall Street Journal. p. A5.
- "Bruce Graham Interviewed by Detlef Mertins". SOM Journal 2. August 7, 2002.
- "Legendary Architect Bruce J. Graham Dies".
- "Late SOM Architect Bruce Graham Honored; In Recognition of Graham's 40-year Career in Chicago, the Tribute to the Mastermind of the Willis (Sears) Tower and John Hancock Center Included the Dedication of Honorary Bruce J. Graham Way".
- Architect of Willis Tower and John Hancock Center dies
- Memorial Tribute to Fazlur Rahman Khan by Bruce Graham in the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)