A Tribute to Raimund Abraham

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 LienzTyrol. 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.

Among his best-known works is the Austrian Cultural Forum Building in New York City.

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.

Click on this image for some more inspiring work by Abraham.


The Wonderful World of Architecture

This “Career Day” slide show was presented to various 4th and 5th grade classes by Mr. Cunha.  The presentation gave a brief overview of the new seven wonders of the world.  He also touches on how Architecture is all around us (like when we go on vacation or when we go to the movies).  Architecture plays an important role in everyday life.  Finally, he informs the students about what it takes to be an Architect.  The brief presentation is made fun by inserting farm animals and sound effects to keep the students engaged.  Check out Frank’s website by clicking here and subscribe to Frank’s YouTube by clicking here.


Architecture in the Classroom

This presentation was made to K-12 teachers looking to instruct their students about how the world of Architecture and Engineering is all around them. Mr. Cunha offered the teachers practical knowledge about how they could turn their classroom, school, and community into an environment for students to learn about practical applications of mathematics and science (i.e., post and beams, how the body’s lungs acts like the HVAC of a building, the science or “magic” of turning on a light switch, etc).  Check out Frank’s website by clicking here and subscribe to Frank’s YouTube by clicking here.