Architect Beverly Willis, who embraced 21st-century approaches to design of buildings, cities and everything in between since the late 1950s, and launched an impressive second career with her New York City-based foundation that also was ahead of its time in helping women in architecture and related fields gain deserved recognition, died on Oct. 1 in Branford, Conn. She was 95.

She was described as “peerless” by Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, executive director of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation in a 2019 event introduction as winner of the ENR New York Legacy Award. “The sheer variety of careers that she had, from artist to architect to philanthropist, makes comparison a challenge,” Kracauer told ENR's Eydie Cubarrubia.

Read more about Willis' contributions in the ENR New York Legacy Award profile and in an obituary by Architectural Record, ENR's sister publication.