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Aug 03, 2021

Remembering Robert "Buz" Brannen FAIA

Buz Brannen Headshot

Image courtesy Sarah Brannen

Robert "Buz" Brannen FAIA died July 29, 2021 at the age of 90. Along with Yu Sing Jung FAIA, Brannen was the founder of Jung/Brannen Associates, Inc. (1968), which in the 1980s was the largest architectural firm in Boston with about 260 employees.

Noted Jung/Brannen buildings in Boston include One Post Office Square, One Financial Place, 125 High Street, One Lincoln Street, and the complete restoration of the Custom House Tower. The firm also designed the Tufts University Student Center and buildings in Rhode Island, Florida, Utah, and Colorado.

In partnership with Brannen’s mentor Pietro Belluschi, Jung/Brannen designed Baltimore’s acoustically magnificent Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Working with Belluschi early in his career, Brannen had designed the Juilliard School in New York.

He was an active member of the BSA. In 1987, Brannen was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and in 1998 he was the recipient of the Boston Society of Architects Award of Honor; the highest honor bestowed upon an individual. He was also a member of the Building Officials Conference of America, the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Industrial Office Parks, and served as chairman of the Design and Engineering committee for the Central Artery Business Committee and of Lincoln’s Planning Board.

Brannen was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in the city during the Depression and World War II. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Washington. His was predeceased (2017) by his wife of over 60 years, Barbara, and is survived by his two daughters and has two grandchildren.

To read the full obituary, please visit Robert "Buz" Brannen, 1931-2021.