Leonard Jacobson

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The East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1978), one of the museum architecture projects with which Leonard Jacobson was involved.

Leonard Jacobson FAIA (7 March 1921 – 26 December 1992) was an American museum architect.[1] He worked with I. M. Pei on some of the major museum projects in the 20th century.[2]

Jacobson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 7 March 1921. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942.[3] He served in the United States Army Air Forces from 1942–45 during World War II. In 1947, he gained a Master of Architecture degree, also at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1953, Jacobson started working with I.M. Pei, joining him at I. M. Pei & Partners, founded in 1955. He was a Partner in I. M. Pei & Partners (which became Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1989) from 1980–92.[3] Jacobson was central to the following building projects in the US, mainly involving museums:

At the end of his career in the 1980s and early 1990s, Jacobson was heavily involved with the modernization of the Louvre in Paris, France. Jacobson was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 1989, he was made an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.[3]

Leonard Jacobson died of a heart attack on 26 December 1992 at the age of 71 at his home in the village of Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leonard Jacobson, Museum Architect". Sun Sentinel. January 1, 1993. Retrieved October 17, 2011.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ a b Muschamp, Herbert (December 31, 1992). "Leonard Jacobson, Architect Affiliated With Pei, Dies at 71". New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2011.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b c "Leonard Jacobson FAIA: Partner, 1980–1992". Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Retrieved October 17, 2011.