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Sears Tower in 1998

Bruce John Graham (December 1, 1925 ‚Äď March 6, 2010) was an American architect. Among his most notable buildings are the Inland Steel Building, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), and the John Hancock Center.[1] Architectural historian Franz Schulze called him "the Burnham of his generation."[1] He worked with Fazlur Khan on the latter two constructions.

Born on December 1, 1925 in La Cumbre, Colombia, Graham was the son of a Canadian-born father who was an international banker,[2] and a Peruvian mother. His first language was Spanish.[1] He studied at the University of Dayton, Ohio and at the Case School of Applied Sciences in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948 with a degree in architecture. For the majority of his career he headed the Chicago office Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the largest architectural firm in the United States. He was deeply involved with many aspects of developing the city of Chicago, from city planning, bringing great public art to the city and involvement in individual projects. Bruce Graham built extensively all over the world from his home in Chicago, to Guatemala, Hong Kong, London, Cairo, and many other cities. He was extremely involved with the University of Pennsylvania, especially the School of Fine Arts. He believed that teachers of Architecture should be currently involved in its practice[3]. He was committed to the study of Architectural Theory and started the SOM Foundation. He also taught an Architectural studio at Harvard. Bruce Graham was a great collector of Art. He befriended Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Chryssa and Chillida, to name a few. He invited these artists to create public works of Art for the city of Chicago. He believed that the architect should be informed by philosophy, history, music and literature to build great monuments. He was an avid reader and traveler. Bruce died on March 6, 2010 at the age of 84 in Hobe Sound, Florida.[4]

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