Kevin Roche, the Irish-American architect and Pritzker laureate known whose modernist sensibility transformed America’s post-war cultural and corporate institutions, has died of natural causes in his home in Guilford, Connecticut. News of Roche’s passing was first posted to the website of his office, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates late on 02 March. He was 96 years old. Roche grew to prominence with his refined but boundary-pushing works in late 20th century America, including the Ford Foundation Headquarters, the Oakland Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Lehman Wing. In the citation of his 1982 Pritzker Prize, the jury said “...he is no easy man to describe: an innovator who does not worship innovation for itself, a professional unconcerned with trends, a quiet humble man who conceives and executes great works, a generous man of strictest standards for his own work.” He was well regarded among his clients and colleagues alike for his soft-spoken authority and generous spirit.
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