Kevin Roche (b. June 14th, 1922 - d- March 1st, 2019) is an Irish-American architect who has worked across a variety governmental, educational, and corporate structures as well as art museums. Roche graduated in 1945 from University College Dublin. After short-term employment with firms in Dublin and London, he did postgraduate work at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago under Mies van der Rohe. He worked briefly with the United Nations Planning Office in New York before joining the firm of Eero Saarinen and Associates, and was from 1954 to 1961 the firm’s principal design associate. After Saarinen’s death in 1961, Roche and his future partner, John Dinkeloo completed Saarinen’s remaining projects, including the Dulles International Airport terminal Washington, DC and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965). In 1966 they launched Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates.
The projects for which Roche Dinkeloo are known include Oakland Museum (1966) the Ford Foundation, New York City (1968), Cummins Engines Headquarters, Columbus, Indiana (1985), Bouygues Headquarters near Paris (1988), Dai Ichi Life, Tokyo (1998), Cuidad Grupo Santander near Madrid (2005), and Convention Centre Dublin (2010). The firm also worked for a number of American universities, designing, for example, the Centre for the Arts at the Wesleyan University (1973) and the NYU Kimmel Centre (2003). Over a forty-year period Kevin Roche was the principal architect for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York designing many of its new galleries and extensions. Roche was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1982 Pritzker Architecture Prize. From 1994 to 1997 he served as president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Arthur Gensler Jr., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA (1935—2021) founded the firm in 1965 together with his wife Drue and their colleague James Follet. He is widely credited with elevating the practice of interior design to professional standing. He was a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association, and a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Art graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning and was a member of its Advisory Council. A charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of IIDA’s Star Award, he also received Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2015, he wrote Art’s Principles to offer entrepreneurs the business insights he wishes someone had given him when he was starting out.
Arthur Gensler is recognized as an industry icon and an astute businessman who propelled a small practice into the largest and most admired firm in the industry over the course of his 65-year career.