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Barry Berkus November 25, — November 30, was an American architect, author and art collector. He designed more than , houses. He also helped write building codes and develop new towns in Japan.

Berkus was born on November 25, in Los Angeles, California. Berkus established an architectural firm in Santa Barbara in the s. Berkus was primarily an "architect of mass market housing. Berkus got his start in as an intern for the late William F. Cody, a prominent Palm Springs architect. Later on, after starting his own practice, Berkus put his unique signature on virtually every type of new-home design. It inspired a preference for light, flexible room definitions, and a fluid connection with the outdoors.

Berkus was recognized numerous times over the years for his contributions to the home-building industry and residential design. He won hundreds of design and planning awards during his career. The editors of Professional Builder named him the most innovative architect in U.

He was always just a phone call away. His insights into the industry have saved me numerous times over; I am still in business because of the advice he has given me over the years.

I will never measure up to the creative force and business acumen of Barry Berkus, but he set the bar for which we all strive. The world has lost an amazing architect, a great creative mind, a true friend, an insightful mentor, and a remarkable human being. I am so very blessed and thankful that our paths crossed so many years ago. Yet what many will point to is his enthusiasm for making things better, and his gift for inspiration.

He made us feel like the special, talented ones, the ones who would do great things. He was an exceptional mentor and true friend, and we will carry that spirit forward. Berkus was also an art collector. Berkus was married twice. He was married to Gail Hanks, from to He was very much in love with Gail until he lost her from illness. Berkus then met Jo Cahow and immediately fell in love. He withheld guilt for his first love, but he worked through the pain and loss with Jo.

Once he learned it was okay to love again, he married Jo in mountains in Santa Barbara. They were together from until his death. He had two sons, Jeffrey and Steven, and a daughter, Carey.

His relationship with granddaughter Meghan was that of his own. He taught her about art and architecture. His kindness, loving nature, and generosity were only a couple of the many qualities mentioned by his loved ones. Berkus died on November 30, in Santa Barbara, California, at age From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Barry Berkus. Los Angeles, California , U. Santa Barbara, California , U. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 21, Santa Barbara Independent. Claire December 4, Architect Magazine. Hidden categories: Articles with hCards. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Contribute Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Languages Add links. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. November 25, Los Angeles, California , U. November 30, Santa Barbara, California , U.


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