The University of Arizona

W. Kirby Lockard, Architecture Professor Emeritus, Dies at 77

By University Communications, July 2, 2007

W. Kirby Lockard, professor emeritus of architecture at The University of Arizona, died June 25 at the age of 77.

Lockard began teaching at the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture after earning his master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962.

During his time at the UA, Lockard wrote numerous books about architecture and design communications. He was an internationally recognized architect, professor, author, artist and city planner, lecturing at more than 25 universities in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. He retired from the UA in 1999.

Lockard's architectural accomplishments, including banks, residences and churches, have been highly recognized and published. In 1969, he received the Regional Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects for Dove of Peace Lutheran Church in Tucson. In 1976, he was awarded The University of Arizona's Creative Teaching Award and "acknowledged as one of the top teachers of architectural graphics in the United States" and the "prime influence on generations of young architects in this country."

Lockard was invested as a fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1977 and was given the institute's Western Mountain Region Silver Medal in 1981 and 1989. He was awarded the inaugural Educator Award from the institute in 1995, and was a founder of the national Design Communication Association, whose members teach in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Lockard is survived by his wife of 34 years, Peggy Hamilton Lockard; his three children, Rita Gayle Champlin, Melvin Scott Lockard and William Brodie Lockard; his two stepchildren, Sandra Gieske Larriva and David Brian Gieske; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held by the college at a later date.

Donations in Lockard's name can be made to the Kirby Lockard Design Communications Fellowship or the William Kirby and Peggy Hamilton Lockard Scholarship. For more information, contact 626-3629 or lonelle@u.arizona.edu. Contributions may also be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice, 400 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ, 85704.