John Burgee, born in 1933, is an American architect renowned for his collaboration with Philip Johnson which resulted in the design and construction of a number of seminal highrise buildings of the Postmodern era.
John Burgee is a 1956 graduate of University of Notre Dame, USA, School of Architecture. Burgee served on Notre Dame's Board of Trustees from 1988 until April when he was named trustee emeritus.
In 1968, Burgee established Johnson/Burgee Architects in Manhattan in partnership with the architect Philip Johnson. Over the years, their practice realised a large number of highrise buildings, many of them in Texas where they cooperated with the Texan real estate entrepreneur Gerald D. Hines, and New York. Notable are the AT&T (now Sony) Building which became an icon of postmodern architecture, the Pennzoil Place in Houston, the IDS Centre in Minneapolis and the Lipstick Building in New York.
In 1986 Johnson/Burgee moved themselves into the Lipstick Building, an elliptical skyscraper at 885 Third Avenue, between 53rd and 54th Streets which had been designed by the partners. In 1984 they made their long term associate of 15 years, Raj Ahuja as their third partner. Soon afterwards, the firm was renamed in John Burgee Architects and eventually Philip Johnson retired in 1992 and John Burgee took over the chairmanship, but the company faltered soon afterwards due to a dispute between John Burgee and the other remaining partner Raj Ahuja.
John Burgee now lives in California.
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