The School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo’s (UB) founding dean has passed away. He was 93 years old.

John Paul receiving Dean’s Medal(Photo Courtesy: University at Buffalo)

John Paul Eberhard had contracted the novel coronavirus and passed away on 2 May, Saturday. Complications from the virus are the cause of his death.

He leaves behind four children, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

About Eberhard

John Paul(Photo Courtesy: ANFA)

Eberhard served as a Marine during World War II and later graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Soon after this, Eberhard and his friends set up Creative Buildings.

He earned a master’s degree in industrial management. Eberhard did so from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1957 as a Sloan Fellow.

Then, he began working at the Sheraton Hotel Corporation. After a few years, he worked for the federal government in the Commerce Department; here he soon became the director of the Institute for Applied Technology.

His career as an educator

Eberhard moved to Buffalo in 1968 Martin Meyerson, the president of UB asked him to do so. He founded the University of Buffalo’s new architecture school and ran it till 1973.

In 1973, the AIA Research Corporation gave him the appointment as president, which he was until 1978.

He was the executive director of the Building Research Board, from 1981 to 1988. This was for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council. From 1989 to 1994, Eberhard was the head of the department of architecture. This was at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

While working as the director of discovery at the American Architectural Foundation, from 1995 to 1999, he became interested in the use of neuroscience for spatial design. He then founded the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in 2003.


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