Dick Clark III, legendary Austin architect, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, at age 72 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. According to a statement, Clark was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.
Austin's "godfather of contemporary architecture" was a Dallasite by birth and an Austinite by choice. After earning multiple degrees from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and a brief professional stint outside of city limits, Clark returned to Austin to launch Dick Clark Architecture in 1979. The successful firm was rebranded as Dick Clark + Associates in 2013.
Clark and his team designed everything from private homes to residential complexes, but their most iconic work was in the restaurant industry. Clark is responsible for the look of such establishments as the South Congress Hotel, Truluck's, and Jack Allen's Kitchen, just to name a few. Awards include the Inaugural Downtown Impact Award from the Downtown Austin Alliance in 1999 and the Firm Achievement Award from the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architecture in 2009.
The acclaimed architect remained involved with his alma mater, serving on the board of directors for UT's School of Architecture, working with the Goldsmith Society to provide more funding, and establishing the Dick Clark Student Travel Fund for architecture students.