Biography: Don Hackl
Donald J. Hackl has served as President of Loebl Schlossman & Hackl since 1975, having joined the Chicago-based design firm in 1963, where Dart was a partner from 1965 through his unexpected death in 1975. A graduate from the University of Illinois, Hackl received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1957 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1958. In 1982, Hackl was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and served as the National President in 1987. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in professional and community affairs and has held numerous other AIA offices at both local and state levels. He is an honorary member of the UIA Member Sections of Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Japan, Mexico and Spain. He is also a Professor at the International Academy of Architecture in Bulgaria, at the Shenzhen University Institute of Architectural Design in China and at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Don Hackl has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad and has authored numerous monographs on topics related to the profession.
Biography: Edward Dart
Edward Dart graduated from Yale School of Architecture, where he studied under Pietro Belluschi, Marcel Breuer, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Richard Neutra, Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, Harold Spitznagel, Edward Durell Stone, and Paul Schweikher. Frank Lloyd Wright had a large impact on Dart; Schweikher and Bennett also figured prominently in his career. Dart worked for Schweikher for a time after graduation, then started his own independent firm, during which time he designed the house featured here. Later he joined the large firm of Loebl, Schlossman, Bennett, and Dart, where all but four of his 45 projects were completed.
Dart was listed in Who's Who in America, and won 18 awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), including two (a Distinguished Building Award in 1971 and a National Honor Award in 1973) for his design of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois. He was made a Fellow of the AIA, the highest honors that the organization can bestow, at the age of 44. He built 52 custom houses from from 1949 to 1968, 26 custom churches, several builders' spec house designs, shopping centers and commercial buildings. The Art Institute of Chicago honored his work in a guided tour of several his churches, Sublime Sanctuaries: The Churches of Edward Dart. The Art Institute also has Dart's archives and drawings in their permanent collection.
Dart designed the "House of the Fifties" for Good Housekeeping magazine, a model house for Popular Mechanics, and won the National Association of Homebuilders competition in 1951. In all, he completed over 100 projects before his unexpected death at the age of 53, while working on Water Tower Place in Chicago, one of his largest projects. Because of his early death, the world would never get to see more of the humanistic architecture Dart would surely have gone on to design. Had he lived, he would likely have continued his career in the independent fashion he preferred, designing without the politics of big business and commercially-driven decisions of real estate developers which largely drive architecture today.
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