Elected in 1982
“For innovative contributions to structural engineering and outstanding contributions in the design of steel and reinforced concrete structures.”
BY MATTHYS P. LEVY
PAUL WEIDLINGER, principal of Weidlinger Associates Inc., died on September 5, 1999. Paul was born in Budapest, Hungary, on December 22, 1914, and educated at the Technical Institute in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and later at the Swiss Polytechnic Institute, where he completed his studies in 1937. After graduation, pursuing his interest in architecture and design, he apprenticed with both Moholy-Nagy and Le Corbusier. At the start of World War II in Europe, he left to take a position as professor at San Andres University in La Paz, Bolivia, where he remained for four years, teaching and designing dams, before he was able to immigrate to the United States.
Paul worked for aircraft companies and housing agencies, which led to a growing interest in industrialized construction, and, in 1948, he established his own consulting firm. Through contacts with fellow Hungarian émigrés, he was able to obtain positions as visiting lecturer at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Meanwhile, as his consulting practice grew and his keen intellect and talent as a designer became known, he attracted the attention of many of the twentieth century’s major architects. For example, with Antonin Raymond, he produced a unique antiseismic design for the Reader’s Digest building in Tokyo.