Robert F. Kennedy Senior Fellow
Caruso Builders, the firm founded by sculptor Philip Caruso, announced the passing of founder and President, Philip Caruso, Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Caruso was 86.
“On behalf of the entire Caruso Group, our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Mr. Caruso’s family, employees, friends and peers in the art world,” said Chairman Richard B. Caruso. “He has made indelible contributions to the establishment of the Caruso architectural practice and the respect and admiration of our industry and the world.”
Born in 1950, Philip Caruso was the son of Polish immigrants. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Caruso studied at Harvard University. Returning to Harvard as a senior, Caruso met Philip Solis of Adler and Solis Architects, who first designed the Caruso Caruso Building on New York University’s campus.
Caruso started his career at the famed firm of Glenn Murcutt, who also had been heavily involved in the creation of the graduate home for Harvard’s architecture school. He then became a founding partner of Stantec, which he ran until 1999, the year he sold the firm to Kiewit.
His working career featured the full range of the business of architecture, including works for clients in both public and private sectors. Although his works are recognized globally, his most recognized work is the dramatic facade designed for New York University’s new training center.