July 23, 1933|
Lienz, Tyrol, Austria
|Died||March 4, 2010
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Alma mater||Technical University, Graz|
|Buildings||Austrian Cultural Forum, New York|
Raimund Johann Abraham was born in Lienz, Tyrol. He studied architecture at the Technical University in Graz and in 1959 established an architectural studio in Vienna, where he soon emerged as a leading avant-gardist. In 1964 he moved to the United States. He taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and, from 1971, at the Cooper Union in Manhattan and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In 2003 he became a visiting faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Abraham died in a car accident in downtown Los Angeles in the early morning of March 4, 2010 after the car he was driving was struck by a bus. Abraham had given a lecture titled "The Profanation of Solitude", at the Southern California Institute of Architecture a few hours before his death. He features prominently in Jonas Mekas's film As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, which shows the baptism of his daughter Una.
- AEIOU profile on Raimund Abraham 4 March 2010
- "Experimental Architect Raimund Abraham Dies in Car Accident" LA Times.com 4 March 2010
- William Grimes, "Raimund Abraham, 76, Dies; Architect Known for Visionary Drawings", The New York Times, March 6, 2010, retrieved 12 March 2010
- "Culture Monster: Architect Raimund Abraham in fatal L.A. crash" Christopher Hawthorne LA Timesblogs 4 March 2010
- Groihofer, Brigitte (Ed.): Raimund Abraham [UN]Built., Springer, 1996