Louis A. McMillen

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Louis Albert McMillen (1916 – May 4, 1998) was an American architect who was one of the original founding partners of The Architects Collaborative with Walter Gropius and six other architects. McMillen was part of TAC from its founding in 1945 until its demise in 1995.


McMillen attended Yale University School of Architecture in 1940 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Soon afterward, he attended Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1941 to 1945 and was given a Bachelor of Architecture. From 1942-1945, he served as lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II. Following his discharge from the military, he was employed by an architectural firm Brown, Lawford + Forbes for only 5 months, and later in that same year he joined several of his Yale and Harvard classmates to form TAC with Gropius. For the fifty-year lifespan of TAC, he played an important part in the collaborative process.


In 1998, McMillen suffered a massive stroke and died on May 4 at the age of 81.


  • "The Architects Collaborative, 1945-1965", Arthur Niggli Ltd., Teufen, AR, 1966.
  • Obituary: "Louis A. McMillen, at 81; Was an international architect", May 9, 1998, The Boston Globe.