Life of veteran architect to be explored on film

Roche

The Quiet Architect is the name of a film currently in production about the life and work of  Irish-born, Pritzker-winning  urban designer Kevin Roche.

Featured projects from the 93-year-old will include to in New York – 60 Wall Street built in 1989 and occupied by Deutsche Bank and 31 West 52nd Street, finished in 1987.

Producer John Flahive discussed the film, set to finish this year and obtain wider release next winter, and why Roche can be criminally underrated compared to his peers.

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He said: “Kevin’s one of the few architects who’s still around from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, who can look back at his career and explain how buildings have changed as technology has changed.

“For our film, we’re rediscovering the projects that haven’t been written about much, such as the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, and his other buildings in New York, such as the headquarters for Deutsche Bank in the Financial District and 31 W. 52nd Street.

“These are great works – he didn’t really have a particular style, he always tried to respond to the situation and changes in fashion. We’re examining how his work evolved with the times.”

The producer also spoke about Roche’s current activities: “He’s still very involved in his firm, in the day-to-day workings—many of the interviews were at his office. He’s a bit like (Oscar) Niemeyer, in that he’ll probably work on projects up until his death.”

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