Paul Rudolph, Architect


Paul Rudolph passed away in a hospital in New York City in August of 1997. He died from cancer caused by asbestos exposure possibly at Brooklyn Navy Yard in World War II and the Yale Art&Architecture building in the early sixties.

This page has been turned black to honor the Man who I worked side by side with in 1989/90. His intense passion for his work and his lifetime of accomplishment showed me that great architecture is possible. His pioneering ideas have had a tremendous impact on modern architecture. His work and ideas will live on.

Yale Art & Architecture Building
23 Beekman Place
New York, NY 10022

"Architecture is a personal effort, and the fewer people coming between you and your work the better...If an architect cares enough and practices architecture as an art, then he must initiate design - he must create rather than make judgments."

"Perhaps the greatest change in my own attitude is the feeling that space is the really important thing, not structure."

"I always knew that I wanted to be an architect - at least from the time I was six years old. My father, who is a Methodist minister, was involved with building a church, and I saw the drawings and models and they made a profound impression on me."

"Architecture, at least for me, is to a degree an art, and I feel fundamentally that it's the business of art to always question, to always turn everything upside down so that one sees it anew. It seems to me that this is the real business of art, though it is very disconcerting to most people; it gives them nothing to hold onto." 

Graphic Arts Center, New York, New York

13 December, 1968 - Reprinted from The Daily Telegraph, London


Recent Work

I worked in Rudolph's office for one of the most inspiring years of my architectural education career. Our desks were side by side looking out onto 57th street. In the midst of honking from the street and the ever changing views of the populace below, I watched and learned from a great architect whose passion for architecture set the studio on fire every day.

Harbour Road, I.L. 8643, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Winning Entry - International Design Competition | Mixed Use | Wanchai, Hong Kong | 1989

Institution Hill

Luxury Condominiums | Residential | Singapore | 1989

Cheng Residence

New Residence | Residential | Singapore | 1989

Wireless Road Project

Office Building | Commercial | Bangkok | 1990

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