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Walter Alexander Hunt, Jr. FAIA, a design industry veteran who helped shape a global reputation for Gensler and served as president of the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) New York chapter, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2016. He was 74 years old. Walter is survived by his beloved wife, Judith Tansey Hunt; sons David Alexander Hunt and Christopher William Hunt of Denver, CO, and Stephen Austin Hunt of Basking Ridge, NJ; daughters-in-law Erin Crowley Hunt, Sarah Anschutz Hunt, and Mary Matthews Hunt; grandchildren William, Madeleine, Eleanor, Taylor, Caroline, Ryan, Hannah, and Alexander; sister Bonnie M. Hunt of Holderness, NH. Originally from Summit, NJ, Walter attended The Pingry School Class of 1959. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1963, followed by a Masters of Architecture from Yale in 1967. Upon completion of his studies at Yale, Walter moved his family to San Francisco and commenced a 38-year career at Gensler. In 1978 he relocated to Denver to lead that office, followed by a move in 1985 to co-lead the New York office. His career included projects worldwide. He served on the Board of Directors and became the Northeast Managing Director and Vice-Chair of the firm, retiring from the firm as Vice-Chairman Emeritus in 2012. Hunt spent more than four decades in the design industry, serving on the Board of Directors of the AIA's New York Chapter from 1997-1998 and as the President in 1999. He went on to serve on AIA's New York State Board from 2000-2001. In 2001, Hunt joined the Board of Directors of the New York Foundation for Architecture and was elected President of the Board of Directors in 2004. He was an active fundraiser for Yale's School of Architecture since 1978, serving on the Board of Directors of the Yale Alumni Fund since 1992 and receiving the President's Award from Yale Alumni Fund in 2004 for his service to the School of Architecture. Hunt served on the Board of Downtown Denver, Inc. from 1980 - 1984 and was the President of the Metropolitan Denver Arts Alliance from 1982 -1984. Hunt was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2005 and received both the President's Award and Harry B. Rutkins Award from the Center for Architecture/AIA New York Chapter in 2006. He received the James Kubeny Distinguished Service award by AIA New York State in 2012. Also in 2012, the Center for Architecture Foundation established the Walter A. Hunt Jr. Scholarship Fund in honor of his efforts. The fund promotes and encourages the study of architecture for New York City public high school seniors accepted to a New York State NAAB accredited School of Architecture. After retirement, Hunt founded ONE@@TIME Project Consulting, which provides pro bono consulting services exclusively for not-for-profit organizations. Walter had a real love for travel, food and wine. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, on June 28th, 4:30pm - 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Center for Architecture Walter A. Hunt Scholarship Fund, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012; or to the Judith and Walter Hunt Fund in Architecture, Yale University, to support faculty and student travel related to courses at the Yale School of Architecture.

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Published in New York Times on Jun. 5, 2016.
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July 1, 2016
In the passed few weeks, I have encountered new people that not only knew Walter, but met with him and had memorable experiences of his generosity of time and guidance - I was always amazed by Walter's energy and ability to influence so many of us.

His impact will live on, as well as many memories.

He was the truest of professionals and we will miss him.
Rocco Giannetti
June 29, 2016
I love you Wally and I will never forget you.
Taylor Hunt
June 26, 2016
He was a gift to our world, in so many ways. And, Judy, he will always be your sweetheart.
Deborah Bender
June 24, 2016
Walter was an advocate for the younger generation here at Gensler and inspired many to reach further, learn more, and always give back. His legacy is everlasting and I feel truly lucky to have known him.
Jessica Beck
June 23, 2016
My deepest condolences to Walter's family. Walter was an amazing man, and all of us are grateful for his impact and influence. I was fortunate enough to work with Walter briefly on a project that spanned the continent and engaged two Gensler offices. I suppose that was Walter at his best-the consummate bridge builder. Walter, thank you for setting the bar so high for the profession, and for what it means to be a Gensler Principal. May your legacy live on through all of us.
Lisa Bottom
June 20, 2016
Walter, who was my undergraduate classmate at Yale and finished Yale School of Architecture a year ahead of me, was a positive force. As I finished a summer position in 1967 at Becket in San Francisco Walter appeared for an interview. I assured the head of that office that Walter was their man. He got the job, soon became head of design and, it seems, never looked back. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Peter de Bretteville
June 14, 2016
A mentor of mentors; and an example of dedicated architectural coaching with a very wide and thoughtful reach. His legacy is very long lasting and global!
Rives Taylor
June 14, 2016
Although I never worked with Walter directly, I always knew that he was someone to whom I could turn for advice, and that it would be given willingly and with humour. May he rest in peace.
Brian O'Tuama
June 14, 2016
I was fortunate enough to hear Walter speak many times through the gConnect program at Gensler in 2014, and when he offered the opportunity to meet with him one-on-one, I took him up on it. I greatly appreciated his dedication to mentoring and supporting the next generations even after he had retired. Walter, you will be missed, but your legacy will live on.
Alethea Fitzpatrick
June 13, 2016
Lori Johnson
June 12, 2016
Such a loss. I had the honor of working with Walter on several projects. I so enjoyed the process and learned so much. My heart goes out to Judy and the family. Maggy Siegel
Maggy Siegel
June 12, 2016
As I began my career at Gensler, I would often hear amazing stories about Walter. He is a legend but not just due to his design accomplishments but his tremendous leadership. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.
Madelyn Hankins
June 10, 2016
Fare thee well Walter! Your inspiration, leadership, and friendship has connected so many of us, making our one firm, firm "smaller" when we have needed it most.
Bill Hartman
June 10, 2016
I give my condolences to the great man. I never had the opportunity to meet him but his experience in architecture was exceptional and inspired many.
Gloria Trevino
June 9, 2016
I never had the opportunity to work with Walter but observed his humor, great good cheer and obvious love of his work while working in the NY office on assignment from Houston in the early 90's. A lovely man who will surely be missed.
Lynn Langston
June 9, 2016
Many thanks to Sally Siddiqi and Peter Samton for the opportunity to work with Walter, fundraising for the new AIA NY headquarters. My warmest regards to his family and friends in loving memory of this very fine man! L'Chaim!
Neal H. Hurwitz
June 9, 2016
Those of us who were blessed to share professional and personal experiences with Walter are forever changed. There was never a time when I felt he was anywhere but in the moment when imparting his wisdom or listening to me when asking for his advise. He was truly my hero at Gensler NY.
Dana Jenkins
June 9, 2016
My deepest sypmathies to you and your family. Walter touched so many in his life and he will be sorely missed. I think often about the guidance and mentorship he has given me in my career. He was one of a kind and I hope the memory of him remains strong.
Jon Gambrill
June 8, 2016
Celebrating a life well lived. I am fortunate to have worked with Walter who I consider a great mentor and a great human being. You will be missed!
James Gota
June 7, 2016
Walter was an incomparable force for good, and did the human race proud. He will be sorely missed by many. My deepest condolences, Judy and family...
Robin Huffman
June 7, 2016
A fine man and happy to have met and worked with him!!! Many thanks! L'Chaim! Neal H. Hurwitz, NY NY
Neal Hurwitz
June 6, 2016
Dear Judy,

I am very saddened and shocked to hear of Walter's passing. I had the privilege of meeting with him last year. I enjoyed listening to Walter speak about you and your family and how proud he was. So very sorry for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Walter, you and your family.
Ronald Chun Foo
June 6, 2016
Deep condolences to the Hunt Family. Walter was one of my bosses at Gensler in the late 80's. Always generous and to the point. I learned a lot about business from Walter and repeated his lessons many times in my own business. Walter also encouraged me in my art career and always responded to my letters and announcements. I think of him often and am so sorry to hear of his passing. My best to the whole family.
Jeana Edelman
June 6, 2016
I, along with multitudes of others, will miss his infectious smile and positive attitude. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Walter will always have a special place in my heart.

Sally Siddiqi
Sally Siddiqi
June 6, 2016
Condolences to you and your family. Walter will be missed at our opera seminars.
With sympathy,
Neita Israelite and Larry Orenstein
Neita Israelite
June 5, 2016
Judy, David, Chris, Steven and the Hunt family:
Walter was a very special person, his generosity and enthusiasm lit up many lives. He was truly the wind beneath my wings and certainly many others. Our profession and the AIA have lost a giant. Rest in peace my dear friend!
Marilyn and Tony Schirripa
June 4, 2016
All of our love to you and your beautiful family.
Walter was larger than life, and lived life large.
He was a legend, mentor, and a mensch.
May his memory be for a blessing.
The Hikida Family
Kent Hikida
June 3, 2016
Dear Judy,
He touched so many lives in such a powerful way, he will be greatly missed. I am very grateful to have known him. He was an extraordinary man. Janine Pesci (Gensler Firmwide)
June 3, 2016
Dear Judy: I am very saddened by the news of this devastating loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your
family. What wonderful times we shared together.
Susan W. Williams
Susan W. Williams
June 3, 2016
Walter changed my life with his kindness and generosity. He was one of a kind and he will be missed.
Robyn Waldman
June 2, 2016
Judy, Walter was one of my longest and dearest friends. God bless everyone he ever touched, for he will be missed greatly. Our best to you and your family.
Richard Mitchell
June 2, 2016
There are few people who any of us can say truly changed his or her life. Walter was one of those people.
Greg Shunick
May 31, 2016
Walter had a most rare combination of high intellect, energy, wisdom, integrity, kindness and generosity. Above all, Walter truly cared about people and I was so very fortunate to have known and learned from him. You were a giant to us all Walter.
Ernie Munoz
May 31, 2016
Dear Judy and family,
Your Bottomless Closet family sends its deepest condolences on the passing of your dear husband Walter. He was so fortunate to have such a wonderful family.
Melissa Norden and the board and staff of Bottomless Closet
May 31, 2016
This indeed is a sad day for me. Walter and I worked together at Welton Becket in the early 70's. He was an extraordinary boss. Later he opened the door for me at Gensler which lead to a huge leap in my professional growth. Walter was an amazing motivator, demanding and knew how to get the best out of people. He was also full to the brim with compassion and empathy. He and his wonderful partner Judy helped me through some difficult times in my life. He was the Best Man at my wedding and had a profound influence on my life as a professional but also a friend. I miss you my good sorry Judy, David, Chris, Steven, and all the members of this wonderful Hunt Family. Love Gary Fitschen and Ophelia Basgal
Gary Fitschen
May 31, 2016
The world lost a very special man, rest in peace Walter.
Lisa DeSouza
May 30, 2016
Judy, David , Chris ,Steve and family,
Walter and the Hunt family were great friends to me and my boys. Walter was an amazing person from the first time I met him back in the mid 80's. He was a strong personality who was a kind , caring mentor. He will be missed and I will think of him often. He has left behind a legacy which is the true sign of a successful life lived. Sincerest condolences from our family.
Robert Piazza
May 30, 2016
Dear Judy and Family,
The loss of someone so wonderful, so loved and so very well respected as Walter is difficult to bear.
We share your grief and extend our deepest and sincerest sympathies.
Love Always,
Kelly and Eugene Colberg and family
Kelly Collini Colberg
May 30, 2016
David Insinga
May 30, 2016
Through one generation to the next in our family Walter was a true friend, business mentor and one of the most giving & generous people I have ever met. He was one of a kind, a giant of a man. Brilliant, patient, caring & compassionate. He practiced his vocation with passion but he loved his Judy & family more than any words can ever describe. Love you Walter, forever.
Marc Hochlerin
May 29, 2016
To Judy and the family of Walter Hunt,

I had the great fortune of having Walter as my mentor while working at Gensler's New York office when he first arrived. Boy, was he tough! Because of that experience I am better at everything I do. I am so very sad to hear of his passing. I will always remember him fondly. May his memory be a blessing to you all.
Becky Beyer Brofman
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