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RTKL Architects : Architecture
Contemporary Architectural Practice, United States of America
post updated Apr 22, 2021
This international architecture practice has since amalgamated into CallisonRTKL
2 Dec 2011
RTKL Architects News
Frank Taliaferro Dies
Frank Taliaferro, a founder and former chairman of the RTKL architects (Rogers Taliaferro Lamb Kostritsky) recalled as the “soul” of that firm, died of lung cancer Saturday at his Santa Monica, California, home, report The Baltimore Sun. The former resident of Harwood in Anne Arundel County was 89.
Remembered as a mentor to numerous designers at RTKL, Mr. Taliaferro led architects who refined old retail strip centers and finessed them into shopping malls, including Harundale in Glen Burnie and Paramus Park in New Jersey, known for its early food court. Born Francis Gerald Tournier Taliaferro in Toulon, France, he was the son of Army Col. Edward Taliaferro Jr., and the former Marguerite Tournier. In 1946 he moved to Annapolis and met Archibald Coleman Rogers, a young architect who had just opened a basement office in his grandfather’s home.
The firm later expanded with partners Charles Lamb and George Kostritsky and moved the business to Baltimore. Mr. Taliaferro was its chairman from 1977 until his 1989 retirement. Mr. Adams recalled that Mr. Taliaferro found work with the Anne Arundel County board of education. The firm worked on the early campus of Anne Arundel Community College and did the master plan and first buildings for the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County campus.
Mr. Adams said that professional architects had been reluctant to design shopping centers. But when James W. Rouse asked Mr. Taliaferro and his partners, they produced Harundale Mall in 1958, and in 1974, the Paramus Park mall in northern New Jersey. RTKL increased in size to become the largest in the state and had five offices outside Maryland. Mr. Taliaferro requested that his ashes be scattered on the Chesapeake Bay.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 15 years, Nel Bullard Steele; two sons, Michael Taliaferro of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jeffrey Taliaferro of Annapolis; another daughter, Victoria Taliaferro Carney of Denton; a sister, Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His first marriage, to Nancy Clark, ended in divorce in 1994. A life celebration is planned by RTKL for late January.
RTKL Architects – Major Design
American Building by RTKL: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington DC, USA
photo © Maxwell MacKenzie
Visitor Center As the seat of the nation’s legislative branch, the U.S. Capitol is one of the most recognizable and visited historic buildings in the world. RTKL was commissioned to design a 580,000 SF multi-function facility, the largest single building effort constructed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. While officially called the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, it encompasses not only visitor screening and orientation functions, but also several other components critical for the operations of the U.S. Capitol.
RTKL Architects : American Architects
RTKL Architects – Key Projects
Featured Buildings by RTKL, alphabetical:
Forthside – Leith Docks Masterplan, Scotland, UK 2008-
Forth Ports appoint RTKL as Leith Docks Master-planner Sep 2006
RTKL Architects : Scottish Project
O2 Arena, southeast London – former Millennium Dome, London, England 2007
photo © Adrian Welch
O2 Arena project
VTP200 – Vertiplex proposal, Birmingham, England
More architectural projects by RTKL Architects online soon
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Architects Practice Information
RTKL Associates – studios based across USA and an office in London, UK
American Architecture – selection below:
photo © Snøhetta and MOARE
550 Madison in New York City
20 Times Square Skyscraper Building, corner of Seventh Avenue & West 47th Street, Manhattan, NYC
image courtesy of architects office
20 Times Square Skyscraper Building
Buildings / photos for the RTKL Architects page welcome