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Remembering Bill Booziotis, FAIA (1935-2016)

May 15, 2016

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Bill Booziotis, FAIA, an extraordinary architect and civic leader in the Dallas community. Bill was a longtime friend to UTA's architecture program, and a generous supporter of the school’s architecture lecture series. 

Bill had a profound impact on many of us at CAPPA, and his work represents an elevated level of excellence and elegance that inspire and motivate future generations of architects. We are so grateful for his friendship and for his contribution to the practice and the community.

Photo by Cason Hallock
“Bill was a Dallas treasure, and a mentor and friend to so many from the School of Architecture at UTA. The Booziotis Lectures he made possible allowed us to invite many great architects to our school over the years. What a pleasure it was to be graced by Bill’s smile, the twinkle in his eye, his kindness, good taste, and intelligence. Bill will always be part of the CAPPA community and live on in our hearts and minds.”

Nan Ellin, dean

 “In his tribute, Mark Lamster said all I could say, just better. Bill was the standard of the gentleman architect in all the best sense of the term. Like Mark, I also enjoyed Bill’s hospitality very soon after my arrival in Texas, and then throughout the last decade.  He was extremely supportive of the School of Architecture and not at all shy of giving me advice along the way. I was honored with his friendship. One of the benefits of being an architect is that we leave a concrete legacy behind. Bill’s will be one that will be forever included in the history of the region.

 Don Gatzke, professor and former dean of the School of Architecture.

“When I moved to Dallas 43 years ago Bill and his partner, Downing Thomas, who also graduated from MIT, welcomed me to town.  Kathleen and I were invited to events, dinner parties, and I worked in their office for a summer or two.  They gave me advice and criticism I will never forget. I recall O'Neil Ford unexpectedly showed up one hot summer afternoon and looked over the office projects. Bill's and his firm's generosity to this School of Architecture have long supported our lecture series and continues to do so.  His enthusiasm for architecture and Dallas is endless and he will be remembered by all of us.”

 Todd Hamilton, professor of architecture

 “After moving to Dallas from Syracuse University twenty years ago, I was eager to meet Bill because he was educated at the University of Texas during the years of the ‘Texas Rangers,’ a group of young professors from Europe that had revolutionized architectural education. Bill and I shared a common thread in Werner Seligmann and Colin Rowe, two ‘rangers’ who taught Bill and also me, some thirty years later when I was in graduate school at Syracuse in Florence.  

For the last seven years, my private practice was across the hall from his firm, Booziotis & Company, and Bill was my landlord. I treasure our many conversations and the occasions we had to grace his elegant buildings with our landscape designs.  Through those encounters, Bill taught me there is a lot more to being an architect than just the buildings you design. He was kind, elegant and exceptionally generous. Once I remarked to him how the travel time to UTA made it difficult for Dallas architects to attend student reviews, and Bill said, ‘Have the students come here. You can use our big conference room.’ As a result, second year students at UTA had their work reviewed by Bill and a jury that included his senior designers, Mark Lamster, Max Levy and professor Todd Hamilton. It was a privilege and an honor to have known him.”

 Kevin Sloan, assistant professor in practice

"My first internship was with Booziotis and Company Architects and I have very fond memories of those days.  I worked closely with Bill on several projects where I was able to observe his approach to design and his close attention to detail.  Once he invited me to attend a concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and throughout the evening he pointed out and described the details of the building to me.  On a more recent occasion, he was able to make time in his schedule to meet with me and offered advice as I contemplated my future steps after having returned from grad school. Bill was a great mentor and his generous spirit will be greatly missed."

Ricardo Munoz ('07 B.S.), lecturer of architecture

 To learn more about Bill Booziotis and his legacy, visit AIA Dallas online.