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Franklin D. Israel
(1945 - June 10, 1996) U.S.A.

Franklin D. Israel

Architect

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Born in Brooklin, New York, Israel grew up in New Jersey. His highly creative life ended at the age 50 when he died of Aids-related pneumonia. His work was original and provocative, and while there are few public buildings to his credit, the houses and offices he did design have been well documented and highly regarded both during and after his life.

Drawn to archiecture at an early age, Israel studied with Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania, did postgraduate work at Yale University and received a Mster in Architecture from Columbia University. He studied two years at the American Academy in Italy after winning the Rome prize in Architecture. Shortly thereafter, he moved to southern California, where he became part of an artistic community willing to take part in the culture of Los Angeles.

His candid life brought him greater design freedom, addressing issues of chaos, change and resilience. He said, "I do think there is something in the mentality of a gay person that you can see in the work. The idea of openness... the inclusion of places to work out - I think all of these can be representative of a gay lifstyle".

Franklin D. Israel died in Los Angeles. The cause was complications from AIDS. He was 50 and lived in Los Angeles. He was survived by his long-time companion, Thomas Haase.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001 - et alii

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