July 28, 2020
Edward Blair Allen, an alumnus of CED’s graduate architecture program, passed away on July 7 at the age of 81 as a result of complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Throughout his lifetime, Allen was an architect, educator, and author. After his graduation from UC Berkeley in 1964, Allen practiced professionally at MLTW (Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker).
Two years later, Allen began his 15-year long professorship at MIT. There, Allen released his first of ten publications, “Stone Shelters”, which traces the development of vernacular architecture from the Stone Age to the present. Allen’s other publications, such as “Fundamentals of Building Construction” and “Fundamentals”, frequent the bookshelves of other architects and educators.
Throughout his lifetime, Allen would go on to teach at top-tier universities such as Yale, University of Washington, Montana State University, University of California San Diego, the Boston Architectural Center, and abroad in Hong Kong, Argentina, and England.
Allen passed on his wisdom and spread his legacy to students and other educators through a self-established magazine and a reference guide for technical teachers entitled “Notes to Myself”. “Connector”, Allen’s aforementioned newsletter, is sent free-of-charge to every technical teacher in the U.S. and Canada as well as to many foreign teachers, according to AIArchitect.
Allen received the 2005 Topaz Medallion, awarded by the AIA and ACSA to a distinguished individual who has had significant impact upon architectural education and the discipline and practice of architecture (cite). Four years earlier, Allen had also been decorated as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Please join us in honoring the work and life of Edward Allen.