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Wavelength Pictures producing film about Kevin Roche

January 18, 2016

Thanks in part to a grant from the Graham Foundation, Wavelength Pictures will produce the documentary “Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect.” It is an understatement to say that Roche, who at 93 continues to work at his firm, has had a long and fulfilling career, which includes a Pritzker Prize (1982). His work spans over a 50-year period, taking us well out of the Modern period, but his contributions to the Modern Movement continue to be both significant and relevant today, as evidenced by the Ford Foundation’s decision to remain in their building. 

Roche studied under Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology and soon after worked for Eero Saarinen. After Saarinen’s death, he and John Dinkeloo continued the firm as Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates, completing the projects that had been started under Saarinen, such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. They then received many of their own high-profile commissions, including in the Tri-state region, such as the Knights of Columbus Headquarters (1969) in New Haven, CT , the Center for Arts at Wesleyan University (1973) in Middletown, CT, and ongoing work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art that spanned more than forty years. The filmmaking team consists of Mark Noonan, John Flahive, Kate McCullogh, and Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín. The film is expected to be released in late 2016.


Kevin Roche being interviewed at Wesleyan College for the forthcoming documentary. Photos courtesy Wavelength Pictures.