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Sep 01, 2021

Remembering Phil Loheed AIA

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Image courtesy Pat Loheed

Philip Norton Loheed AIA died August 13, 2021, after a year-long struggle with cancer, peacefully napping at home with family and close friends at dinner toasting his full and energetic life of design work and teaching.

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 20, 1943. His wife, Patricia, was born in the same month, year, and town on the 17. But he was in Johns Hopkins and she in St. Anne’s Hospital. This fact was discovered on their first date, a 1964 Halloween party, at the University of Michigan with many A&D school students attending. This early, almost babes in the same hospital discovery signaled a fall romance and a long-lasting family with intertwined careers, set in varied design practices and in teaching.

Phil cultivated diverse design interests in: boat design, music, woodworking, furniture design, photography, 3-D PowerCadd Wild Tools program design, watercolor, climate change research, and writing on Bioregional Urbanism theories. In particular, he acted on his early thesis commitment to quality design for communities of color, working with his army vet classmate Bruce to design a performing arts high school on air rights over the freeway and West Grand Blvd., in Detroit well before the riots of 1968. This commitment to community engagement in design, research and advancement of climate change mitigation, came to fruition through the Earthos-Institute, Inc., a nonprofit. Phil continued to the end of his life with pro bono projects in the Alewife District, with Greater Grove Hall Mainstreets, and with EDEM Foundation’s work in Ile A Vache, Haiti.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Phil’s name to the Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116 (

To read the full obituary, please visit Philip Norton Loheed, May 20, 1943 - August 13, 2021.