A young Bertrand Goldberg in his Chicago office, 1950s.
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“My message, I think, is much more important either than myself personally, or than the quick identification as the round-building architect. I am talking about the performance of people in a social system, about the performance of people in the city. I have spent a great deal of time not only studying what I have been able to discover, but to demonstrate it. I only wish there were more people who shared with me this interest in the role of architecture in society.”

Architect Bertrand Goldberg was born in 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, and received his training in architecture from 1930 through 1936 at several institutions, including the Cambridge School of Landscape Architecture (now incorporated into Harvard University); the Bauhaus in Berlin, Germany; Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology) in Chicago; and also through a tutorial with engineer Frank Nydam. He worked in the offices of George Fred Keck (1935) and Paul Schweiker (1935-36) before organizing his own firm in 1937. During World War II, Goldberg was active under the Lanham Act designing housing and mobile penicillin laboratories for the U.S. government.

Goldberg’s distinctive designs often required innovative technology, as seen in such noted Chicago buildings as Marina City, the Raymond Hilliard Homes, and River City. He was the recipient of numerous awards and his work was the subject of many exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Goldberg was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1966, and was awarded the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1985. Goldberg died in Chicago in 1997.