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Male, US, born 1945-09-21, died 2014-04-07

Associated with the firms network

Miller/Hull and Bogard, Architects; Miller Hull Partnership, LLP


Professional History

Volunteer, US Peace Corps, 1968-1972; Hull worked in Afghanistan designing and constructing the National Tourism Agency, and assisted in the establishment of Kabul University's School of Architecture. According to his obituary published in the Puget Sound Business Journal, "Hull served four years in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan where he designed more than 100 sustainable schools." (See Marc Stiles, "Prominent Seattle architect Robert Hull dies," Puget Sound Business Journal, 04/08/2014,Accessed 04/08/2014.) Designer, Marcel Breuer, Architect, New York, NY, 1972-1975; Architect, Rhone Iredale Architects, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1975-1977; Hull joined David Miller in setting up a Seattle office for Rhone Iredale; Miller and Hull decided to split off from the parent firm in 1977, to found their own office. Founding Partner, Miller Hull Partnership, LLP, Seattle, WA, 1977- . Following his death, the Miller Hull Office prepared a memorial poster shown at the University of Washington (UW) in 04/2014. The poster eulogized his work: "Hull was regarded for his natural ability to grasp the essence of a project and translate it into an inspired physical manifestation of client values. His desgin approach was that of an artist with an amazing eye for composition. His buildings fit amazingly well in their setting--urban or rural--and were extremely comfortable to occupy, but most of all, they were beautiful." (See "Amazingly Creative," memorial poster for Robert E. Hull, Miller Hull Partners LLP, displayed in Gould Hall lobby, 04/16/2014.)

After returning to the United States, he worked in the New York office of Marcel Breuer from 1972 to 1975. He relocated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1975 to join Rhone and Iredale Architects, where he was named partner and opened the RIA Seattle office with David Miller. In 1977 the partners became independent from RIA and renamed the firm the Miller Hull Partnership. Bob was named a Fellow by the American Institute of Architects in 1992.

Hull served as a Juror for the AIA Idaho Honor Awards, 10/2004. President, Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF).

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA); National American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award, 2003; Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award, 2006, won simultaneously with David Miller. Recipient, AIA Seattle Medal of Honor (with Miller), 2010.

Education

B.Arch., Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1968;

Two-time recipient, Student Distinction Award, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Personal

Hull grew up in Moses Lake, WA, and attended Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman. He met his architectural partner, David Miller at WSU. After graduation, Hull joined the Peace Corps and worked in Afghanistan. He designed Kabul's National Tourism Agency, a building that gained him some acclaim. A partner of the noted architect Marcel Breuer, saw the office building and offered him employment on the basis of its quality. He spent three years in New York working for Breuer, and then relocated to Vancouver, BC, to work for Rhone Iredale Architects. It was in this office that he worked with David Miller, and they renewed their friendship. They opened an office in Seattle in 1977, and had worked together until 2014. Early in 2014, Hull decided to take a three-month sabbatical from Miller Hull's busy schedule in South Africa with his wife. Hull passed away there after suffering a stroke.

His parents were both teachers. He grew up in a family of three other siblings, a brother, Richard (1939-1969), and sister Nancy Hull Nishida and Lisa Hull Steele.

Robert Hull married Beanne Wilson (born in South Africa) in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1977. He met Beanne the first time while they were both traveling in Greece in the early 1970s. They lost touch with each other for about five years, when Robert encountered a South African man at a party in New York. He indicated that his cousin was backpacking in Europe at this time, and it turned out that this man's cousin was Beanne. Robert renewed contact with her by mail, arranged to meet, and rekindled their relationship.

He and his wife had two sons, David and Daniel Hull.



Associated Locations

  • Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape South Africa (Architect's Death)
    Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape South Africa

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