Hans Hollein, a maverick Austrian architect, teacher and designer, died April 24 following a long illness. He was 80.

Hollein's irreverent, art-minded designs for schools, shops and museums earned him the 1985 Pritzker Architecture Prize, widely regarded as the profession’s Nobel. His work established a framework for post-modern architecture, focused on wit, eclecticism and irony with historical references.

Hollein studied with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Richard Neutra, earning a master's degree in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960, before returning to his native Vienna to open an architectural practice in 1964.

He earned worldwide fame for Vienna's Retti candle shop (1966), Museum Abteiberg (1982) in Mönchengladbach, and Vienna's Haas-Haus (1990).

Hollein also edited magazines and curated exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, while designing tea sets, jewelry and sunglasses. He additionally taught at Yale University, UCLA, Ohio State University, and Vienna's University of Applied Arts, among other institutions.

Since 2010, Hollein has worked with Christoph Mondschein at Hans Hollein & Partner ZT GmbH.


Also, New York City architect Frederic Schwartz, 63, part of a team whose design of a 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center was rejected, by New York politicians, according to The New York Times, but who went on to design tributes in New Jersey and Westchester County, N.Y., died April 28 in Manhattan of cancer.

He headed Frederic Schwartz Architects, which also designed the new Staten Island Ferry Terminal, post-Katrina housing in New Orleans and structures in India, China and Senegal.

Please read Architectural Record's expanded tribute to Frederic Schwartz.