Richard Levy, AIA, 1954-2015
Richard Levy, AIA, passed away on December 5. An active member of the AIA, the Advertising Photographers of America (APA), and The Los Angeles Conservancy, Rich was Co-Chair of the AIA Los Angeles Historic Resources Committee from 2011-2013, and served on the Chapter's Design Awards Committee for many years, helping to organize the annual awards program, and assisting on jury day and on the night of the awards event.
After his architecture studies at the University of Oregon and SCI-ARC, Rich worked both as a licensed Architect at such firms as HNTB, URS, Parr Contracting & Pinnacle One, and as an architectural photographer whose images were published and honored by a number of publications and organizations. He received Honorable Mention, Professional Category by the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) for his work on 2201-2207 E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights, the second Jewish Bathhouse in Los Angeles (c. 1923.)
Rich also lectured on the subject of architecture and architectural Photography for a number of organizations such as the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter. He documented the restoration of a number of historic and cultural monuments, including the Los Angeles City Hall Seismic Rehabilitation, the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice, the Entenza Residence Case Study House, and the Glendale Railroad Station.
While he photographed and documented buildings from all eras, it was his mission, as well as his passion, to photograph old buildings, landmarks and vernacular artifacts as they progress from ruin to restoration or adaptive reuse.
Rich's photographic work was exhibited in several showings at the AIA Los Angeles Chapter, including his exhibit BUILT-UNBUILT in 2010, and his list of clients included DMJM, Cesar Pelli, Dworsky, AMEC (formerly Morse Diesel International), Sumitomo Construction of America, and Peck/Jones Construction.