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

Associated with the firms network

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


Professional History

Résumé

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 (RIA), 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 Miller Hull Partners LLP, "Amazingly Creative," Memorial Poster for Robert E. Hull, displayed in Gould Hall lobby, 04/16/2014.)

A branch office was also opened in San Diego, CA, in 05/2011. An article appeared in the Puget Sound Business Journal: "The Seattle architecture firm Miller Hull Partnership is opening an office in San Diego. Miller Hull managing partner Norman Strong and design partner Craig Curtis will split their time between the firm's Seattle and San Diego offices. Project architects Ben Dalton and Kurt Stolle will now be based in San Diego, along with newly hired business development director Amber Mauer. Miller Hull has been doing projects in San Diego since 2004. Currently, the firm is helping renovate the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry and is working on a feasibility study for a private marina and on the University of California at San Diego's Structural and Nano Materials Engineering building." (See Jeanne Lang Jones, Puget Sound Business Journal.com, "Miller Hull opens San Diego office," published 05/24/2011, accessed 05/19/2022.) In 2022, the San Diego branch office was located at 4980 North Harbor Drive, UNIT #100, San Diego, CA 92106.

Founding Partner, Miller Hull Partnership, LLP, Seattle, WA, and San Diego, CA, 1977- . A branch office was also opened in San Diego, CA, in 05/2011. An article appeared in the Puget Sound Business Journal: "The Seattle architecture firm Miller Hull Partnership is opening an office in San Diego. Miller Hull managing partner Norman Strong and design partner Craig Curtis will split their time between the firm's Seattle and San Diego offices. Project architects Ben Dalton and Kurt Stolle will now be based in San Diego, along with newly hired business development director Amber Mauer. Miller Hull has been doing projects in San Diego since 2004. Currently, the firm is helping renovate the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry and is working on a feasibility study for a private marina and on the University of California at San Diego's Structural and Nano Materials Engineering building." (See Jeanne Lang Jones, Puget Sound Business Journal.com, "Miller Hull opens San Diego office," published 05/24/2011, accessed 05/19/2022.) In 2022, the San Diego branch office was located at 4980 North Harbor Drive, UNIT #100, San Diego, CA 92106.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter.

Hull served as a Juror for the AIA Idaho Honor Awards, 10/2004.

President, Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF).

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Recipient, American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Firm Award, 2003.

Recipient, Washington State University (WSU) Alumni Achievement Award, 2006, won simultaneously with David E. Miller.

Recipient, AIA Seattle Medal of Honor (with Miller), 2010.

Education

College

B.Arch., Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA, 1968.

College Awards

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

Personal

Relocation

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, NY, working for Breuer.

Hull 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 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, after suffering a stroke.

Parents

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.

Spouse

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.

Children

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



Associated Locations

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

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