Steven Gatschet, AIA, died June 20, 2012, at the age of 71. Mr. Gatschet served as a member of AIA Philadelphia’s Board of Directors and as Chapter President in 1991.
A practicing architect with over 40 years of experience at numerous Philadelphia-area firms, Mr. Gatschet was most recently a private consultant and an adjunct professor of architecture at Drexel University, where he had been teaching since 1982. In addition, he was a member of the boards of the Foundation for Architecture, the Washington Square Development District, as well as the zoning committee of the Center City Residents Association, and the advisory board of the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia.
Mr. Gatschet received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Architecture at Arizona State University, and was an author of numerous published articles and lectured widely to both professional and non-professional audiences.
The focus of Mr. Gatschet’s research was the history and construction materials and techniques, and the history of Dock Creek and the pre-settlement topography of the city. His hobbies included designing engineered paper constructions, drawing, jazz and classical music, and pipe smoking.
He is survived by his wife, Abbie Kinzler, and two children from a previous marriage, Stephanie and Andrew.
A memorial service is planned for September. An exact date will be announced in the near future.