Hugh Hardy

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Hugh Hardy
Born(1931-07-26)July 26, 1931
Majorca, Spain
DiedMarch 17, 2017(2017-03-17) (aged 84)
New York City, New York
Alma materPrinceton University
Spouse(s)Tiziana Hardy

Hugh Hardy (July 26, 1932 – March 17, 2017) was an American architect.[1] He was known for designing theaters, performing arts venues, public spaces, and cultural facilities across the United States.

Early life[change | change source]

Hugh Gelston Hardy was born on July 26, 1932, in Majorca, Spain to an American family. His family moved to Manhattan, New York in the 1940s. He went to Princeton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1954 and a Master of Fine Arts in Architecture in 1956.

Career[change | change source]

The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia is one of Hardy's best known works

Over the course of his career, Hardy founded three firms: Hugh Hardy & Associates in 1962, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer in 1967, and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture in 2004. Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer received the Architecture Firm Award in 1981, the highest honor bestowed on a firm by American Institute of Architects for distinguished work. Hardy was also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Hardy was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1993.

Personal life[change | change source]

Hardy married the architect Tiziana Spadea in 1965.[2] They had two children. He lived in New York City.

Death[change | change source]

Hardy died of a cerebral hemorrhage at a hospital in New York City on March 17, 2017, aged 84.[3]

Impact[change | change source]

The New Yorker writer Brendan Gill called him "the Stanford White of our fin de siècle".[4] In 1995, Julie Iovine of The New York Times wrote, "There is scarcely a cultural icon in the city with which Mr. Hardy has not been involved."[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Emmanuel, Muriel (1980). Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 342–344. ISBN 0-312-16635-4.
  2. Iovine, Julie V. (May 15, 1997). "For a Master Builder, It's Hands Off at Home". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  3. "Hugh Hardy, Architect Who Lent Pizazz to New York Landmarks, Dies at 84". The New York Times. March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  4. [1]. Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired.
  5. Iovine, Julie V. (December 12, 1995). "Tenacity in the Service of Public Culture; New Victory Theater Is Latest Icon on Which Architect Leaves His Mark". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Hugh Hardy at Wikimedia Commons