Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA, has died. He was 71 years old. Weigand was an award-winning institutional designer, an exemplary leader at all levels of AIA, and a distinguished leader in the community. Weigand devoted his life to architecture and strengthening the profession. His career, propelled by the belief that architecture is a tie that binds together communities and cultures and makes our lives better in the process, benefitted Texas greatly. Weigand’s grace, generosity, passion, and sensitivity earned him the admiration of all who had the privilege to know and work with him.
After graduating from the School of Architecture at Oklahoma State University, Weigand moved to Atlanta to work with Thompson, Ventulett, and Stainback. During his time there, he contributed to award-winning mixed-use design for OMNI International and IBM’s Regional Headquarters General Systems Division. In 1976, Weigand made his way to Dallas and joined Corgan Associates. He was one of three principals at Corgan Associates who designed and produced a master plan to reverse the decline of downtown Dallas. In late 1993, Weigand joined Good Fulton & Farrell as a principal and led the firm’s institutional work in private secondary, collegiate, and ecclesiastical work.
An AIA member since 1978, Weigand served as: Dallas AIA Chapter Secretary, Chairman, and President; AIA Dallas Board Member and TxA President; and on the AIA Board of Directors. He also served as a TxA Mentor, Dallas Architectural Foundation President, and Texas Architectural Foundation President. In 1979, Weigand was part of a group of Dallas architects that launched The Architect’s Enclave, which provided support and encouragement over three decades to architects in the Dallas area. The Enclave produced two TxA Lifetime Achievement Awardees, two Dallas AIA Lifetime Awardees, eight AIA Fellows, nine Dallas AIA Presidents, three National AIA Board Members, three Dallas AIA Outstanding Firm Awards, two TxA Presidents and three Dallas AIA President’s Medal recipients. Weigand served as the group’s secretary.
In 2015, Weigand was the recipient of TxA’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA. In the nomination packet, friends and colleagues spoke of his many contributions to TxA and the community. R. Lawrence Good, FAIA, chairman of Good Fulton & Farrell said: “Bryce has yet another saying: ‘Time is not money… time is a gift.’ He treats his time that way. He has unselfishly given his time to our profession and our community to great benefit.”
Fellow TxA board member Dick Bundy, FAIA, said: “Bryce has been an influential leader both on and off the field of architecture contributing throughout his career to the character, integrity and community commitment of the profession…He is a gentleman and a scholar whose career in architecture has benefited society greatly.”
John Senhauser, FAIA, of Ohio met Weigand in December 2002 when he began his term on the AIA National Board. Senhauser said of Weigand in a letter of support for the Pitts Award: “Just as in his work, Bryce was able to balance expertise and critical judgment with sensitivity, patience, and dedication to the public good. If you were not persuaded by his irrefutable logic, then you would fall victim of his infectious grin… He is among the most generous, passionate, open-hearted architects I know, an exemplary practitioner who seeks to broaden his own learning and raise his own standards of performance, in service to both the profession and to the public. He regards high honor as a summons to greater effort and singularly demonstrates that the significance of his role is not measured by the breadth of the stage but by the depth of his heart.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider a memorial to First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Foundation, at 1835 Young Street, Dallas, Texas 75201.
A memorial service is scheduled at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas on November 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.