In Memoriam: Faculty & Friends
Bruce James Abbey of Charlottesville died Oct. 26, 2020. He studied in Rome as an exchange student before earning his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1966. He went on to receive his master’s in architecture from Princeton University in 1971 after three years with the Peace Corps in Tunisia. He worked for several architects before starting his own practice. Mr. Abbey began his academic career at UVA in 1974, where he was undergraduate and graduate chair and associate dean for academic affairs. He then served as dean of architecture at Syracuse University from 1990 to 2002. Mr. Abbey returned to Italy as a professor, teaching with UVA’s programs in Vicenza and Venice and directing Syracuse’s graduate architecture program in Florence for three years. His expertise was in design education, architectural problem-solving and spatial manipulation. His writings and publications focused on the work of Le Corbusier, design education, and his own work as an architect and painter. His exhibited and published work included renovations and competitions, and he participated in numerous NAAB and CEEB accreditation visits and served as chair on AIA Design Awards juries. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education, the advisory board of the School of Architecture at Princeton, and the editorial board of World Architecture Magazine, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Survivors include his wife, Linda; son Jason Abbey (Col ’94, Arch ’98); a granddaughter; and a sister.