15 October 2014

Architect Thomas Crowder, 1956 – 2014

Sadly, Thomas Crowder, architect and City Councilman in Raleigh, NC, died on Tuesday.

I had the pleasure to meet Tom during my wife's and my first exploratory visits to Raleigh. He was a very interesting man to talk to, very smart and very much on the ball.

While we were discussing architecture in the Triangle, he proudly gave me his business card and asked if I noticed something?

I said “yes, the spelling”: he had very slyly circumvented some legal naming convention and named his firm “ARCHITEKTUR”, which is the German spelling for Architecture; fitting for a modernist.

Godspeed, Tom, and all the best to your family.

Details on his work on NCMH, the announcement of his passing at the Raleigh News & Observer.

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