Ulrich Franzen

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Ulrich Joseph Franzen (January 15, 1921 – October 6, 2012) was a German-born American architect known for his "fortresslike" buildings and Brutalist style.[1]

Franzen was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, the son of Eric and Lisbeth Hellersberg Franzen. They emigrated to the United States in 1936. He lived with his mother and a younger brother once his parents divorced. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Williams College, and after one semester at the architectural school at Harvard University, joined the Army. After World War II ended, he obtained a master's degree from Harvard in 1950. By 1951, he was working for I. M. Pei. He left Pei and formed his own firm, Ulrich Franzen & Associates, in 1955.[2]

The Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, which was completed in 1968, was Franzen's first prominent solo project.[3] His other notable projects include the East and West towers at Hunter College (completed in 1984 after a long delay due to the financial crisis in New York City), and the Philip Morris headquarters in New York City (completed in 1982).

Franzen died on October 6, 2012, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, survived by his wife Josephine.[1] He was 91.

Notable works[edit]

Alley Theatre, Houston
View of the bridges between the East and West Buildings at Hunter College


Further reading[edit]

  • Blake, Peter. The Architecture of Ulrich Franzen: Selected Works (Birkhäuser Basel 1999) (ISBN 3764359056)

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