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Gordon T. Hashimoto AIA


1944 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Gordon T. Hashimoto AIA Obituary
June 11, 1944 ~ May 1, 2018
Gordon passed away unexpectedly at his condominium at Old Farm surrounded by his three canines. He was born the second son of Kemy and Charles (Kotaru) Hashimoto on June 11, 1944 at the Minidoka Internment Camp for Japanese Americans from the west coast situated in south central Idaho. His parents and brother Stephen preceded him in death. He was the father of two children, Tod (son) and Brooke (daughter).
Gordon attended public schools in Portland, Oregon, where along with his brother he enjoyed wrestling and sketching. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1967 with a Bachelor of Architecture. After working for architectural firms in Portland and Chicago, he attended Harvard University on a scholarship, where he was awarded a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban Design in 1974. The following year, he became an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Utah. Gordon taught all levels of design, as well as Economics in Architecture and Building Technology. He chose early retirement in 2002, to draw, paint and work in landscape architecture and gardening. Gordon was also a visiting professor and critic at Catholic University, The University of Maryland and The Boston Architectural Center. He received numerous awards for his architecture including a 25 Year Design award from the American Institute of Architects in 2001. His last project was the Japanese Garden next to the Japanese Church of Christ on First South in Salt Lake City. In his own words, it was a labor of love.
A consummate educator, Gordon built a considerable legacy through the hundreds of students that he mentored during his three decades at the University. Together with Tom Kass and John Sugden FAIA, Gordon often co-instructed Architectural Basic Design which they ran as "Boot Camp for Architects." For those with memories of Gordon, whether through Basic Design or later in their studies, we welcome you to join us between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm on September 18th for a celebration of Gordon's life and infectious sense of humor at the Japanese Church of Christ at 268 West 100 South.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16, 2018
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