The architect Hugh Hardy has died, according to David W. Dunlap in the New York Times. Hardy was born in 1932 in Majorca, Spain, and was raised in New York, where his father worked for the Young & Rubicam advertising agency. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1954 and a master’s in fine arts from Princeton in 1956. After serving as a drafting instructor in the Army Corps of Engineers, he began working with the theatrical set and lighting designer Jo Mielziner, who he would have a long-running association with throughout his career.
Hardy opened his own practice in 1962—the first of several, called Hugh Hardy & Associates—and married architect Tiziana Spadea in 1965. Other firms he cofounded include Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, established in 1967 with Malcolm Holzman and Norman Pfeiffer, and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, created in 2004. Chief among the major projects he worked on were the New Victory Theater on Forty-Second Street, the Majestic Theater in Downtown Brooklyn, the Claire Tow Theater on top of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, the Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue, the recently demolished Rizzoli Bookstore on West Fifty-Seventh Street, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, and the Windows on the World restaurant, which was at the top of the World Trade Center until 2001.