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Architect and preservationist Dion Neutra has passed away

Neutra, who was 93, died Sunday in his sleep.  Dion Neutra was born in Los Angeles on October 8, 1926 -the year the Neutra practice was formed by his famed architect father Richard Neutra, who had emigrated to the US in the early 20s, ending up in LA.

There he celebrated the arrival of his second son by founding his firm..

 

At the age of 11, Dion Neutra began his architectural apprenticeship at a drafting table in his father’s office.

 

After having served in the US Navy in WWII, he studied for a year in Zurich and finally in 1950 graduated cum laude from USC with a BA in architecture. A few weeks later he passed the four-day State Board Architectural License Exam in one sitting, and became one of the youngest corporate members of the AIA at the age of 24.

 

Since then the Neutra Practice developed numbers of award-winning facilities: educational, medical, civic, recreational and residential.

 

In the early 60s after a fire devastated the family home, the partners collaborated in the design of a rebuilding of the home dubbed VDL II.

Dion lived just behind the construction, observing it for 2 years and is really responsible for what one sees today on a visit.

 

After the passing of Richard Neutra in 1970, Dion became firm president and continued to grow the practice, which in 2018, celebrates its 92nd year. He has traveled widely, lecturing in numerous locations in California, Nevada, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Puerto Rico, France, Canada and the South. He also provided leadership for the non-profit Neutra Institute for Design under whose aegis he developed the NEUTRA INSTITUTE MUSEUM OF SILVER LAKE.

 

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