1994 Maybeck Award
Edward Charles Bassett, FAIA
Bassett served as design partner from 1955-1981 in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s San Francisco office, where his ideas had a formative influence on the office’s design philosophy. Although known internationally, his work is most easily visible in the San Francisco skyline, where several of his largest projects tower over the city.
Among Bassett’s array of San Francisco skyscrapers are the Industrial Indemnity Building, the Crocker Center & Galleria, and the Federal Reserve Building. He adapted the international style with a ‘romantic modernist’ sensibility; his attention to historical context and unique detailing is visible in his skyscrapers and his other buildings, which include the Oakland Coliseum and San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.