In February, architectural giant Jon Jerde passed away and the profession lost one of its giants.
Over twenty years ago, I won my first international architectural competition: the redesign of the pier and waterfront for Hermosa Beach, California. Led by The American Institute of Architects, the committee that selected me was shepherded by legendary architect, educator and community leader, Charles Moore.
The media believed that being awarded this civic commission, my first large scale project, Mr. Moore was “handing his baton” to this young architect.
Me. I was not even 30.