Donald Perry Polsky

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Donald Perry Polsky
Born(1928-09-30)September 30, 1928
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
DiedJanuary 2021 (aged 92)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States[1]

Donald Perry Polsky FAIA (September 30, 1928 – January 2021) was an American architect noted for his mid-century modern style. Polsky brought California modern style to the Midwest. He is also credited with being a pioneer of the design-build concept.[2]

Life[edit]

Polsky was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 30, 1928, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Engineering and Architecture (now College of Architecture) with a BA in 1951.[3]

Polsky served in the United States Air Force from 1951–53. Upon discharge, he wished to work for the best practicing architect in the world. From 1953-56, Polsky served as job captain for the renowned Richard Neutra.

In 1956, Polsky started his own firm. In 1962 his design for the Oceano Apartments in Santa Barbara, California won honorable mention award from the AIA, Life and House & Home magazines.[4]

In 2002 he was awarded the Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal for Architectural Excellence in the State of Nebraska from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The following year, Polsky was elevated to fellowship in the AIA, one of the highest honors bestowed upon architects, as fewer than 2% of those registered with the AIA attain the rank.[5]

In 2014, Polsky was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Architecture by the University of Nebraska College of Architecture.[6]

He died from COVID-19 and pneumonia during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Donald Polsky". Legacy.com. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  2. ^ "Donald Polsky 1928 - 2021". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 18, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/030307aiafellows.asp
  6. ^ http://www.aialincoln.org/ai1ec_event/college-of-architecture-friends-cafa-2014-awards-banquet/
  7. ^ Donald Polsky