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2 Dec 2011

RTKL Architects – News

Frank Taliaferro Dies

Frank Taliaferro, a founder and former chairman of the RTKL architects (Rogers Taliaferro Lamb Kostritsky) recalled as the “soul” of that firm, died of lung cancer Saturday at his Santa Monica, California, home, report The Baltimore Sun. The former resident of Harwood in Anne Arundel County was 89. Remembered as a mentor to numerous designers at RTKL, Mr. Taliaferro led architects who refined old retail strip centers and finessed them into shopping malls, including Harundale in Glen Burnie and Paramus Park in New Jersey, known for its early food court. Born Francis Gerald Tournier Taliaferro in Toulon, France, he was the son of Army Col. Edward Taliaferro Jr., and the former Marguerite Tournier. In 1946 he moved to Annapolis and met Archibald Coleman Rogers, a young architect who had just opened a basement office in his grandfather’s home.

The firm later expanded with partners Charles Lamb and George Kostritsky and moved the business to Baltimore. Mr. Taliaferro was its chairman from 1977 until his 1989 retirement. Mr. Adams recalled that Mr. Taliaferro found work with the Anne Arundel County board of education. The firm worked on the early campus of Anne Arundel Community College and did the master plan and first buildings for the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County campus.

Washington DC Visitor Center
photo © Maxwell MacKenzie

Mr. Adams said that professional architects had been reluctant to design shopping centers. But when James W. Rouse asked Mr. Taliaferro and his partners, they produced Harundale Mall in 1958, and in 1974, the Paramus Park mall in northern New Jersey. RTKLincreased in size to become the largest in the state and had five offices outside Maryland. Mr. Taliaferro requested that his ashes be scattered on the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 15 years, Nel Bullard Steele; two sons, Michael Taliaferro of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jeffrey Taliaferro of Annapolis; another daughter, Victoria Taliaferro Carney of Denton; a sister, Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His first marriage, to Nancy Clark, ended in divorce in 1994. A life celebration is planned by RTKL for late January.

RTKL Architects – Major Design

American Building by RTKL: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington DC, USA
2009
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
photo © Maxwell MacKenzie
U.S. Capitol
Visitor Center As the seat of the nation’s legislative branch, the U.S. Capitol is one of the most recognizable and visited historic buildings in the world. RTKL was commissioned to design a 580,000 SF multi-function facility, the largest single building effort constructed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. While officially called the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, it encompasses not only visitor screening and orientation functions, but also several other components critical for the operations of the U.S. Capitol.

RTKL Architects : American Architects

RTKL Architects – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by RTKL, alphabetical:

Forthside – Leith Docks Masterplan, Scotland, UK 2008-
Leith Docks Masterplan
Forth Ports appoint RTKL as Leith Docks Master-planner Sep 2006
RTKL Architects : Scottish Project

O2 Arena, southeast London – former Millennium Dome, London, England 2007

O2 Arena
photo © adrian welch
O2 Arena project

VTP200 – Vertiplex proposal, Birmingham, England
2007-

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RTKL Architects – Practice Information

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