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Visiting Faculty Member at SCI-Arc Killed in 5th & Main Traffic Accident

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, March 04, 2010, at 02:40PM
Raimund Abraham Courtesy SCI-Arc

Architect Raimund Abraham

Architect Raimund Abraham, a visiting faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, died just after midnight Thursday morning in a traffic accident at 5th and Main.

Abraham, 76, had delivered a lecture at the school earlier in the evening. He was killed after a collision between his vehicle and a Metro bus, which was not carrying passengers at the time. The Metro driver was uninjured. Abraham was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a release this afternoon, SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss described Abraham as an irreplaceable force in architecture.

"Earlier in the evening Raimund delivered a powerful lecture at SCI-Arc, re-stating his enduring love for architecture and his willingness to fight for the design discourse as he defined it," Moss said. "That unique and powerful Abraham advocacy for architecture is irreplaceable. Raimund, We miss you.”

A detective in LAPD's Central Traffic Division said that the department had not determined who was at fault in the incident. Most Metro buses are equipped with a video system called DriveCam, but he said that video had not yet been turned over to the department.

A gathering in Abraham's honor will be held on Friday at 1pm in SCI-Arc's W.M. Keck Lecture Hall.

Abraham emigrated from Austria to the United States in 1964, and had taught at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute since 1971.

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