Anthony J. Lumsden, FAIA (1928-2011)
Last Updated: October 7, 2011
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
AIA Los Angeles is proud to honor the memory of Anthony J. Lumsden, FAIA, architect and designer of many Los Angeles landmark buildings, who has died at age 83.
Born in Sydney Australia, Tony was an avid surfer, lifeguard, boxer and athlete. After graduation from the University of Sydney, he traveled the world and settled in the office of Eero Saarinen in Michigan. He met his wife Anne on a passenger ship and proposed before they arrived at port. He later moved to Los Angeles and became director of design for DMJM for 25 years, in which role he won numerous design awards.
While at DMJM he developed a design style of curving and rolling extruded shapes which were meant to catch the light in dynamic and dramatic ways. In some of his favorite projects it was often difficult to distinguish between walls and roofs. He opened his own office, AJLA, in 1994.
Tony won more than 30 architectural design awards from institutions such as the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Progressive Architecture, National Society of Professional Engineers, Consulting Engineers Association, Institute of Human Engineering Sciences, and American Institute of Steel Construction. In recognition of the design excellence of his projects and for the innovation of his design approach, Lumsden was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2003, he was the recipient of the AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal for architectural excellence.
His design work can be seen at his web site, http://www.ajlumsden.com.
Tony was a professor of architecture and lecturer at many Universities across the United States. Among other speaking engagements, he was featured in the AIA Los Angeles Chapter's Masters of Architecture Lecture Series at LACMA. He was an enthusiastic and energetic educator, and loved to talk about design and history to any one that was open minded enough to think about what he was saying. He would often draw while he talked and was happy to draw upside down for clients or students if they were sitting on the opposite side of the table from him.
Until his death after a long illness, he enjoyed golf, swimming, and the beauty of nature.
He is survived by his loving family including his wife Anne of 47 years and his three children John, Thomas and Fiona, and three grandchildren Kate, Hale and Conrad who will miss him very much.