A memorial service for Hugh Stubbins Jr., an alumnus and professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), will be held April 11 at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Church. Following the service, there will be a reception in the Stubbins Room of Gund Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Stubbins died July 5, 2006. He was 94.
A 1931 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stubbins was awarded his master’s of architecture degree from the GSD in 1935. At the invitation of Walter Gropius, the chair of the Department of Architecture, Stubbins taught for more than a decade during the 1940s and 1950s at the School. In 1954, he left teaching to devote himself to his architectural firm, Hugh Stubbins and Associates, which was to become a highly successful international practice. Its successor company, The Stubbins Associates Inc. subsequently merged with Philadelphia-based Kling to form KlingStubbins.
Stubbins is perhaps best-known as the architect of large-scale structures that have become recognizable landmarks in urban skylines: the Berlin Kongresshalle, Manhattan’s Citicorp Center, and Boston’s Federal Reserve Bank. Stubbins is also widely recognized for his education-related designs, which range from a number of suburban schools to Harvard’s Countway Library, Pusey Library, and Loeb Drama Center.