Architect and A Pattern Language author Christopher Alexander dies at 85

Christopher Alexander, the British-American architect, educator, and theorist whose writings on human-centered design had an outsized impact not only on architecture but on urban design, computer science, and beyond, passed away on March 17 in West Sussex, England, following a prolonged illness. He was 85.

Elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, Alexander was conferred a considerable number of prestigious awards and accolades including the American Institute of Architects’ inaugural Medal for Research in 1972, the 2009 Vincent Scully Prize, and a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2014. In a dispatch written by Robert Steuteville sharing

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