J. Max Bond Jr.

The most accomplished and influential African-American architect of his generation, Max Bond died on Feb. 18 at 73. In a profession with few role models of color, his career became a reference point for others to emulate.

From his office in New York City, Max was the architect of choice for many of the city's prominent public projects, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and worked with the Architects Renewal Committee of Harlem.

I first discovered Max in the early '90s at the beginning of my career and was instantly a fan. He was a tireless campaigner for the...

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