VOICHYSONK, BERNARD F.,
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Bernard F. "Bernie" Voichysonk passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
For 43 years he was guide, mentor, and provocateur to thousands of students in architectural design studios at the University of Florida's School of Architecture.
Professor Voichysonk began his career at Yale University where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Fine Arts. At Yale he studied with the internationally known artist and design educator Joseph Albers. This collaboration established the foundation for Professor Voichysonk's teaching legacy.
He left New Haven, Connecticut in 1959 to begin his teaching career at the University of Florida. Professor Voichysonk became the design studio coordinator for the School of Architecture's undergraduate design curriculum. In that role he mentored younger faculty and helped establish a design education program that has been recognized throughout the country. His students have won numerous state and national design awards as practicing architects. Others have won teaching awards.
Professor Voichysonk established an international travel program at the School of Architecture visiting the Yucatan Peninsula to study Pre-Columbian architecture and later he made significant contributions to the School's VIA travel program in the Veneto region of Italy.
In addition to his teaching career, Professor Voichysonk was a painter. His work focused on the role of color, color perception and color relationships. Several of his graduate studios in architecture were based on his design research in color theory begun at Yale University. His paintings have been exhibited both regionally and nationally. His work is held in numerous private collections.
At this time no memorial service has been scheduled. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to: University of Florida Foundation: Bernard "Bernie" Voichysonk Scholarship, School of Architecture, PO Box 115702, Gainesville, Fl 32611.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012