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Myron Goldsmith

Chicago, USA
Myron Goldsmith with Mies van der Rohe circa 1950.
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Myron Goldsmith with Mies van der Rohe circa 1950.
Photo courtesy Robin Goldsmith © Morley Baer | Morley Baer Photography Trust, Santa Fe

Myron Goldsmith (September 15, 1918 – July 15, 1996) was an American architect and designer. He was born in Chicago and graduated in 1939 from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he studied under Mies, whose Chicago office he joined in 1946. He worked there until 1953, when he received a Fulbright Grant to study under Nervi at the University of Rome. He was a student of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Pier Luigi Nervi before designing 40 projects at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill from 1955 to 1983. His last 16 years at the firm he was a general partner in its Chicago office.

His first major projects at Skidmore were two United Air Lines hangars at San Francisco International Airport, one of which used cantilevered steel girders to hold four DC-8 jetliners. He was a professor of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology beginning in 1961. His best known project is the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope building constructed in 1962 at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. It is visited by an estimated 100,000 people a year.

Chicago, USA
Bostjan, August 24th, 2017