A Tribute to Raimund AbrahamPosted: September 29, 2011
In third year of Architecture studio Abraham was one of the Artist/Architects I emulated. His theoretical works inspired me as a young Architect.
Raimund Johann Abraham was born in Lienz, Tyrol. He studied architecture at the Technical University in Graz and in 1959 established an architectural studio in Vienna, where he soon emerged as a leading avant-gardist. In 1964 he moved to the United States. He taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and, from 1971, at the Cooper Union in Manhattan and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In 2003 he became a visiting faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Abraham was taken from us suddenly when he died in a car accident in downtown Los Angeles in the early morning of March 4, 2010 after the car he was driving was struck by a bus. Abraham had given a lecture titled “The Profanation of Solitude”, at the Southern California Institute of Architecture a few hours before his death. He features prominently in Jonas Mekas‘s film As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, which shows the baptism of his daughter Una.