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Marshall D. Meyers
(c. 1999)
Marshall David Meyers Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.
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Born: 5/1/1931, Died: 8/12/2001

Marshall D. Meyers was born in Buffalo and raised in Niagara Falls, NY. He was trained as an industrial designer at the Pratt Institute, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1953, before studying architecture at Yale University, where he completed an M.Arch. in 1957. Meyers was awarded the Ida C. Haskell traveling fellowship his senior year at Pratt. He served as the editor for Perspecta 4, the Yale architectural journal, in 1956-7.

Meyers joined the office of Louis I. Kahn at Kahn's invitation the year he completed his architecture degree. He remained with Kahn until 1965, when he worked briefly for B. Frank Schlesinger. In 1966-1967, he was the project architect for the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan for Geddes, Brecher, Qualls & Cunningham. After returning to Kahn's employ in 1967, Meyers served as project architect for a number of important works. Most notable is his role in the design of the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, TX. There, he collaborated with Kahn in designing crucial features of the building, particularly the cycloid vaults of the roof and the indirect overhead natural lighting system.

In 1973, Meyers left Kahn's office to serve as a consultant to Yale University during the construction of the Center for British Art. After Kahn's death the following year, Meyers formed a partnership with Anthony Pellecchia to complete the building. Pellecchia & Meyers continued until 1979, when Meyers established his own firm. In 1985, Meyers joined the office of Bower Lewis Thrower as a senior associate. In 1992, Meyers again resumed independent practice. In 1993, Meyers moved to California, eventually joining the Pasadena office of Perkins & Will in 1999 as a senior associate.

Meyers was a member of the AIA, and was named a fellow in 1994. He was an adjunct professor of architecture at Temple University from 1985 to 1990, and a lecturer and studio critic at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1988. Meyers also served as a critic and lecturer at a number of other architecture schools: Drexel University (1970-1975), Yale University (1973, 1975), Montana State University (1973, 1977), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1968-1971). After his move to the West Coast, he also was a guest juror for several California architecture programs.

Written by Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Drexel University
  • Yale University
  • Temple University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Montana State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 

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