Ed Feiner. Image courtesy of Perkins&Will
The public design world mourned the loss of an influential figure after it was announced that former General Services Administration Chief Architect Ed Feiner passed away on July 1 at his home in suburban DC. Feiner was known as the GSA’s first Chief Architect and as the “driving force” behind some of its most successful programs, including his leadership of the acclaimed Design Excellence Program, now in its 28th year.
“He changed the design and construction of public buildings,” Feiner’s former colleague Leslie L. Shepherd recalled last month in the Engineering News Record.
GSA projects thrown under Feiner’s influence included Thom Mayne’s Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse and San Francisco Federal Building; the Oklahoma City National Memorial Design and subsequent Federal Building designed by Carol Ross Barney; and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, who touched John Joseph Moakley, the United States Courthouse in Boston. The list of architects he has worked directly with includes Robert AM Stern, Julie Snow, Thomas Phifer and many prominent others. Feiner was also instrumental in selecting the first federal courthouse to be designed by a woman (Carol Ross Barney) and a black architect (Ralph Jackson).
Ed Feiner was 75 years old.