Abramovitz, Max (1908 - 2004)

Abramovitz studied architecture at the University of Illinois (BS 1929), Columbia University (MS1931) and the École des Beaux-Arts (1932-34). After graduating, he took a job at Corbett, Harrison and MacMurray. A year later he followed Wallace Harrison to his new partnership with J. André Fouilhoux, becoming a partner himself in 1941. Fouilhoux died four years later, at which point the remaining partners formed the firm of Harrison and Abramovitz. Abramovitz worked on a number of important mid-century projects in New York City, ranging from the Trylon and Perisphere for the 1939 World’s Fair to the United Nations Headquarters to the Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Later in his career he worked on numerous educational projects, designing buildings for his alma mater, the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, as well as for Brandeis University and the University of Iowa. Harrison and Abramovitz dissolved their partnership in 1976, but Abramovitz quickly entered into a new partnership with Michael Harris and James Kingsland.

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