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Luck was also on my side in sending me John Vickers, a sensitive and most talented individual who started with Tishman Construction as a summer intern while he attended Columbia University’s business school, and has been a colleague ever since. John has become a recognized and highly regarded leader in the hotel industry. Another stroke of luck was finding, in my son Dan, a successor who through diligence, personal charm and great business sense has taken Tish-man Construction to new heights. A decade after I turned over the business to Dan, his top echelon of executives, I am proud to say, still consists mainly of those who had been colleagues of mine at Tishman Construction for many years during my watch.

Blessed with such exceptionally talented and loyal colleagues, I never shied away from seizing the opportunities that luck presented. Those opportunities made it possible for our firm to achieve what I consider my greatest accomplishment, the transformation of the methodology for coordinating and supervising large-scale construction projects, elevating what had been a master tradesman’s craft to being the profession of Construction Management, a discipline now taught in hundreds of universities, and practiced on just about every major construction project throughout the world.

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As this blog was nearing completion, Tishman Construction was sold to and merged with Aecom, a publicly-held company that is one of the largest and most respected providers of professional, technical and management support services in the world … formed from many of the world’s finest engineering, design, environmental, and planning companies. For me, the merger is bittersweet. Sweet, in that it will enable Dan and my former colleagues and friends of many years, to become the Tishman Construction Division of Aecom, and thus, even larger players in major construction projects throughout the world. Bitter, because after all that I had worked hard to create, build, and preserve as an independent company with a rich heritage, Tishman Construction will no longer be private nor independent.

I now carry the title of “Chairman Emeritus” and will continue to watch, with pride, the work of my former colleagues under their new flag. Now 85 years of age, I suppose it is to be expected and appropriate that I would retire, but the desire to be in the arena, immersed in the action, I am discovering, does not entirely fade with age. I must admit the thrill of “Building Tall” still remains.

Modernists practicing in Los Angeles have two sets of father figures: first, the heroic but distant generation that includes Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, and Carlo Scarpa; second, an internationally prominent but more local and accessible group that includes Irving Gill, R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, and the two Wrights, father and son. Los Angeles architects, then, consult not only the same reference blogs as do all other American architects, but also nearly 100 years of modernism embedded in the cityscape as though it were a living architectural text. Four generations, going on five, have had the privilege and advantage of building on the work of their immediate mentors.

Because these buildings of national and international importance happen to be local, and because Los Angeles is situated a continent away from the trend-generating media centers on the East Coast, modernism in Southern California has been more continuous than discontinuous. Architects in Los Angeles have been able to sidestep the labels that have led the profession through cycles of trends. Allowed to pursue their own paths, resistant because of distance to major style swings, Southern California’s modernists have practiced within a creative space of their own, pushing the boundaries of their art on their own terms. The critical mass of exemplary buildings stocked in the streetscape has stabilized modernist practice in the Southland.

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