Remembering Architecture Critic David Dillon

Remembering Architecture Critic David Dillon

Last week, the architecture world, both locally and nationally,lost one of its most profound and passionate voices.  David Dillon, the architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News passed away lastThursday at the age of 68.  ScottCantrell wrote theobituary. A notable quote from Larry Good of Good Fulton & Farrell: thatDillon was always “consistently encouraging us to do better. We may not alwayshave agreed with his critique, but we knew he lifted the level of appreciationfor our craft, and we were thankful for his wise observations."

Architect and DCFA Board member Vel Hawes echoed thesentiment in hispost on the DMN Opinion blog: “The architects in Dallas will especially miss David as acrusader for good design and as a friend to our profession. Dallas is and will be a better place for theintelligence, wit and character of David Dillon.” 

Fellow DMN staffer Michael Granberry wrote thisremembrance—which includes snippets from Dillon’s writings.  And Dillon’s passing received national notice,including thismention by Chicago Tribune architecturecritic Blair Kamin.

It is fitting that Dillon was working on an article for the News quite recently.  Thisgreat piece on the Kessler Plan ran in Sunday’s edition.  But, best of all, are theseouttakes from a 2006 interview done by local documentarians Mark Birnbaumand Manny Mendoza.  From Dillon himself, the great cogentthoughts that we all will miss so deeply.

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