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Robert F. Gatje, Brooklyn-born architect who worked closely with Marcel Breuer, passes away at 90

April 20, 2018

On April 1, the New York architectural community lost Robert F. Gatje, FAIA, a long-time partner in the firm of Modernist pioneer Marcel Breuer. A native of Brooklyn and architecture graduate of Cornell, Gatje spent the years 1953 to 1982 with Breuer’s office, becoming one of the master’s four partners who shared credits for most of the firm’s work from 1960 on.

Gatje is best known for leading the firm’s projects in Europe, including of the impressive IBM office building at La Gaude in Provence and the ski resort of Flaine—comprising some 50 buildings—in the French Alps. He was Breuer’s partner for several U.S. works as well, including the student center and dormitory for the uptown campus of New York University, now Bronx Community College. DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State was pleased that Gatje participated in our tours of the campus in recent years.

“Obituary: Robert F. Gatje, 1927-2018,” www.architecturalrecord.com, April 5, 2018.

Photo courtesy Susan Witter