In Memory: Hugh Stubbins, Jr.

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Hugh Stubbins, Jr., a dedicated Georgia Tech alumnus and internationally renowned architect, died on July 5, 2006 in Cambridge, MA at the age of 94. He practiced architecture for over 60 years.

Mr. Stubbins received his Bachelors of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech in 1933. While a student at Georgia Tech, he was an academic class leader and won the AIA student medal as well as the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Copies of some of Mr. Stubbins student work can still be found in the College's Heffernan House archive. He was also the captain of the freshman track team and the art editor of the Blueprint during his senior year.

After graduating from Tech, he earned a graduate degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1935, where he later served as a professor and chairman. He founded Stubbins Associates, Inc. of Cambridge, and in 1967, his firm was among the first to receive an AIA Architectural Firm Award. Mr. Stubbins and his firm designed more than 800 buildings in eight countries. A few of his noted designs include the Berlin Congress Hall (1958), City Corps Center (New York, 1978), the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1983), and the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, Japan (1993).

He received many awards for his residential and educational projects in his career. His work has been published in journals around the world, and he has won numerous awards for excellence in design. 

Mr. Stubbins maintained a strong connection with Georgia Tech. He was a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board from 1978 to 1984. He also served on the College's Development Council from 2005 until his death.

"I feel so honored and fortunate to have known Hugh," said Dean Thomas Galloway. "I will personally remember him as an unwavering and devoted advocate of the College. His advice and counsel as a friend and a member of the College of Architecture Development Council meant a great deal to me. His dedicated support and committed service contributed greatly to the success and excellence of the College and Institute. Hugh will be deeply missed by all of us here."

Over the years, Mr. Stubbins made two significant gifts to Georgia Tech. During his 50th class reunion in 1984, he contributed to the Class of 1933 Dean Griffin track. While a member of the College's Development Council, he made another significant gift in support of the College. The Hugh A. Stubbins Graduate Design Studio was named in his honor. 

"The Hugh A. Stubbins Graduate Design Studio is important because it creates the opportunity for collaborative learning and collaboration in the studio that parallels the process that exists in practice," said Dean Galloway. "Hugh has left a legacy that will live forever, providing support to our future architects so they can carry out their dreams."

Mr. Stubbins was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Academician of the National Academy of Design. In 1975, he received the Gold Medal for Excellence in Design from Tau Sigma Delta, the National Honorary Fraternity for Architecture and Allied Arts. 

Mr. Stubbins is survived by his children Patricia Minot, Peter Stubbins, Hugh Stubbins III, Michael Stubbins and his grandchildren Adam, Kurt, Alexandra, Christopher, and Samuel Stubbins; Peter, Judith, and Benjamin Minot; and Diana Reilly.


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  • Created By:Leslie Sharp
  • Created:07/31/2006
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016