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Contemporary American Architectural Practice – design studio based in Louisiana, United States
Dec 12, 2013
Statement Honoring Allen Eskew, FAIA
R. Allen Eskew, FAIA, visionary leader of the New Orleans’ architectural community passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was 65 years old.
Many will remember him for his built works and endless contributions to the civic and social fabric of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region. Projects such as the Audubon Institute’s Aquarium of the Americas, the Shaw Center for the Arts, Downtown New Orleans’ Champions Square, the award-winning Reinventing the Crescent Master Plan and its first phase, Crescent Park, to name a few. All bear the signature of a modern-day urban philosopher, designer extraordinaire, environmental and cultural steward, and community champion.
“Allen Eskew represented the best of architects and architecture,” offered Robert Ivy, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. “His life was marked by a passion and drive toward excellence that touched all who knew him or visited the places and spaces he created throughout his lifetime. Working in collaboration with other talented architects and planners, he created a body of enviable work, from master planning the New Orleans World’s Fair to individual buildings ranging from civic enrichment to university research. Allen’s infectious joy and his serious efforts made the world a better place.”
One can argue that buildings are the lasting legacy of any architect worth remembering. However, in Allen’s case, it can be argued that his greatest contributions and achievements are not framed by steel, glass, or mortar, but rather in the context of how they came to be. In an era of ever-increasing polarity, Allen had an uncanny knack for building consensus and progress through thoughtful discussion, creative thinking, the insertion of levity, and meaningful dialogue. Poised and confident, he led with humility, charm and an intellectual generosity that evokes a contemporary mash-up of Atticus Finch and “the Dude.”
Allen’s work represents one man’s commitment to design as craft, but, more importantly, it speaks volumes to the character of a larger, deeply personal vision and the modus operandi of a humble civic leader and engaged citizen-architect. Allen always spoke passionately of his work and leadership in managing the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. Seen as a seminal moment in his career, the massive undertaking prompted Allen to establish his own firm, Eskew, Vogt, Salvato & Filson, in the spring of 1986. The practice would continue to evolve and became Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 2000. Over the course of this period, Eskew would cultivate and nurture a design studio of national prominence and distinction.
Aside from his consistent investment into the physical development of the city, he went well beyond design to invest in the people who made it possible. Whether through his constant mentorship of young professionals across the region or his oft-unseen support of the entrepreneurial spinoffs from his own studio, Allen consistently placed people as his top priority. He never shied away from difficult conversations and almost rhythmically pursued change as a catalyst for positive opportunity.
“Allen went to extensive lengths to gather people around a table, be it for a design charette or a leisurely meal, and more often than not, the former morphed into the latter,” recalls Steve Dumez, his Partner and longtime colleague at the firm. “People mattered, communities mattered, culture, music and the arts mattered. Allen felt a tremendous responsibility to all of these and freely devoted his personal and professional time and resources to support them however he could.”
Allen loved New Orleans with an abiding passion that was contagious. One only need examine the critical role Allen played in the rebuilding efforts of the city and the long road to recovery following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.
Regarding these efforts Alex Krieger, FAIA, wrote: “Ask most anyone to identify an architect consistently engaged in the voluminous, arduous, acrimonious, emotion-sapping yet crucial public discussions about the rebuilding of New Orleans following Katrina and Allen Eskew’s name will surface. He has been there: at all of the public ruminations and remains at the center of ongoing discussions. Not with the intention to seize advantage, spread theories, cajole or reprimand, but to help. Eskew believes that it is an obligation of citizenship to stay engaged, and to assist others about how to remain engaged as productively as possible.“ Without the intention to do so, Allen became one of New Orleans’ greatest champions and a deeply personal hero to so many.
Immediate funeral arrangements will be private and a memorial tribute is being planned to honor Allen’s life and legacy shortly after the New Year.
In addition, a memorial fund is being established to honor Allen’s civic and mentorship legacy. Details will be made available in the coming weeks through the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple website.
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple – Key Projects
Featured Buildings by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, alphabetical:
L.B. Landry High School, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date built: 2010
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L.B. Landry High School
The 210,000 sqft building will serve a student population of over 900 students and contains a 1000-seat gymnasium, a 250-seat auxiliary gym and a 650-seat auditorium. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is providing architectural services for this post-Katrina replacement high school for the Louisiana Department of Education Recovery School District. L.B. Landry High School retains an important place in the city’s history. The school was founded in 1938 as the first high school in Algiers that African-American residents could attend and the second black high school established in Orleans Parish, after McDonogh 35.
Poydras Residential Tower, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date built: 2010-
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Poydras Residential Tower
This 462,000 sqft mixed-use residential tower located on New Orleans’ primary business thoroughfare is currently under construction. The building provides 250 apartments along with a 500 car residential and commercial parking garage. The ground floor contains retail spaces while the 9th floor houses a residential sky lobby and a resident amenity complex. Units are one or two bedroom rentals with a small number of two-story townhouses accessed off of the pool/amenity deck.
Prospect.1 Welcome Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date built: 2010-
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Prospect.1 New Orleans
Prospect.1 New Orleans [P.1], the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, exhibited 81 artists in museums, historic buildings, and found sites throughout New Orleans from November of 2008 through January of 2009. The Welcome Center for P.1 was housed in one of these found spaces – the historic Hefler Warehouse – and serves to orient visitors to the city and this first New Orleans biennial.
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Eskew+Dumez+Ripple New Orleans – Practice Information
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Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is a design-driven studio which produces diverse projects in architecture and planning by blending a signature collaborative process with professional talent, creative thinking and emerging technologies. The commitment to enhance and protect both the cultural and natural environments of the communities Eskew+Dumez+Ripple serve is evident in the beauty and technical craftsmanship of our designs and in the long-term sustainability of our projects.
Our firm views the creation of ecologically responsive design as a core value in our studio. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple promote a design approach which acknowledges the impact of finite resources as a positive contributor in the creation of an ethical architecture. The tremendous impact that buildings have on the natural environment and future generations compels us to design in a manner that conserves resources and mitigates man’s impact on the environment.
Our approach to sustainable design goes beyond mere logistics and mechanical elements. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple believe that the design itself should be uplifting to its users and inspire delight in the outside observer.
Based in New Orleans, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple use the cultural and architectural heritage of our city as a platform for a practice of national range and recognition.
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