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Male, born 1918-09-15, died 1996-07-15

Professional History


Engineer, US Army, Corps of Engineers, 1944-1946; during the Second World War, Goldsmith served in the US Army, Corps of Engineers, designing major military projects including ammunition depots and bridges.

Draftsman, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architect, Chicago, IL, 1946-1953. He was in the office when the house for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, Plano, IL, was being designed and built.

Draftsman, Pier Luigi Nervi, Engineer, Rome, Italy, 1953-1955.

Architect, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Architects, San Francisco Office, San Francisco, CA, 1955-1958.

Associate, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Architects, Chicago Office, Chicago, IL, 1958-1967.

General Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Architects, Chicago Office, Chicago, IL, 1967-1983. Over the years, Goldsmith served as a design consultant at SOM's other offices, participating in the conception of at least 40 major buildings in the US and globally.


Professor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, 1961-1996. Blair Kamin, who wrote Goldsmith's obituary in the Chicago Tribune, said of his design work at IIT and SOM: "Along with the late Fazlur Khan [1929-1982] and other engineering colleagues at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Mr. Goldsmith helped devise most of the major steel and concrete framing systems used to support skyscrapers in the 1960s and 1970s." (See Blair Kamin, "Renowned Architect Myron Goldsmith," Chicago Tribune, 07/17/1996,Accessed 05/09/2014.)



B.S., Engineering, Armour Institute of Technology, (later the Illinois Institute of Technology, [IIT]), Chicago, IL, 1939;

M.S., IIT, Chicago, IL, 1953.

College Awards

Fulbright Scholarship, University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 1953-1954. Goldsmith worked with architect/civil engineer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) at the University of Rome.



Born in Chicago, Goldsmith spent his youth in the city, before traveling abroad after World War II. Goldsmith lived in Rome, Italy, for two years, 1953-1955, working for the renowned engineer, Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979). He returned to the US, and resettled in San Francisco, CA, for about 3 years, working for the city's branch office of the influential architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, before returning to the Chicago area in 1958. Goldsmith traveled considerably, particularly to cities in which SOM maintained branch offices. He traveled back to the San Francisco office, for example, to collaborate on the design of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Coliseum Arena, in the mid-1960s.

He died of heart failure in 1996 at his home in Wilmette, IL. The Wilmette City Directory of 1993 listed an address of 503 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL, 60091-1945, for Goldsmith.


He had a sister, Bernice Colner, of Pacific Palisades, CA, who survived him.


Goldsmith married Robin Goldsmith.


He and Robin had two children,a son, Marc, who resided in Tempe, AZ, in 1996 and a daughter, Chandra, who lived in Boston, MA, at the time of her father's death.

SSN: 358-05-9581.

Associated Locations

  • Chicago, IL (Architect's Birth)
    Chicago, IL

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    Wilmette, IL

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PCAD id: 5422