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Greg Walsh, Former SCI-Arc Faculty and Founding Principal of Gehry Partners, Has Died

We are deeply saddened to share that Greg Walsh, longtime faculty and dear friend of SCI-Arc, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 24.

Walsh began teaching at SCI-Arc nearly 50 years ago. A dynamic and supportive faculty member, his impact on the spirit of SCI-Arc during his tenure at the school cannot be overstated. He infused his mission as an educator with a passion for expanding the horizons of architecture, later integral in founding the Japan Studio program which brought students from SCI-Arc to study abroad in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Greg Walsh met Frank Gehry at the USC School of Architecture during their second year in what would become an enduring collaborative relationship. They opened a practice together in 1962, Gehry Partners, and went on to create such iconic building projects as the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Norton Simon Museum, Concord Performing Arts, Kenmore Apartments, and Hollywood Regional Library.

Shares SCI-Arc Director Hernán Díaz Alonso, “SCI-Arc and the architecture community at large has lost a dear friend with the passing of Greg Walsh. We will all miss his sage presence in the halls of SCI-Arc and are deeply touched by the outpouring of support in his honor. We pay tribute to Greg for his profound and lasting influence as a faculty member at our school, now and in the years to follow.”

We offer our deepest condolences to all who knew Greg. SCI-Arc will celebrate Greg this coming fall, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Watch Greg Walsh’s 2008 lecture at the school on SCI-Arc Channel here.