Raimund Johann Abraham was an internationally renowned architect and educator. During his thirty-one years of teaching at The Cooper Union, Professor Abraham had a powerful impact on the pedagogy of the school and the practice of architecture.
Born in 1933 in Lienz, Austria, he studied architecture at the Technical University of Graz from 1952–58, and in 1959 he established a studio in Vienna. In 1964 he emigrated to the United States and began teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design. He moved to New York City in 1971 and joined the faculty at Cooper Union, where he taught until 2002.
His design for the Austrian Cultural Forum, a narrow skyscraper completed in Manhattan in 2002, remains his most well-known project. The architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, who served on the jury that awarded the commission, called the Forum “the most significant modern piece of architecture to be realized in Manhattan since the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Museum of 1959.”
Abraham’s completed buildings also include Anthology Film Archives (1989), designed with fellow Cooper Union faculty member and architect Kevin Bone, and Musikerhaus (2012), a residence and rehearsal space for four musicians in Hombroich, Germany. He received many design awards, including a Stone Lion at the 3rd Biennial for Architecture in Venice. His work has also been the subject of several museum exhibitions, from Architectural Fantasies: Drawings from the Museum Collection (MoMA, 1967–68) to Musikerhaus (The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, 2011), as well as publications, including “Raimund Abraham: (Un)built” (Springer, 1996).
This text has been adapted and compiled from the following sources: Grimes, William “Raimund Abraham, Architect With Vision, Dies at 76.” The New York Times: 6 Mar. 2010: D7. Print. | “Raimund Abraham.” Architectuul, http://architectuul.com/architect/raimund-abraham. | Raimund Abraham. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raimund_Abraham.