Pratt, Kevin B.
Ithaca, NY: Kevin B. Pratt, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell University died suddenly at home on February 19, 2013. He was 43. Kevin was noted for his research and expertise in sustainable design and for his energy and enthusiasm as a teacher and colleague. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in architecture and earned an M.A. from the Environment and Energy Programme at the Architectural Association in London. Pratt had scholarly interests in renewable energy and the application of computational technologies in sustainable design. He was a fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) and a registered architect in New York state. He was closely affiliated with the Built Environment research hub at the Cornell NYC Tech campus and played a key role in initial planning for Cornell Tech. He was a contributing writer and architecture critic for Artforum and TimeOut New York, and a principal with his wife, Dana Cupkova, in EPIPHYTE Lab, a multidisciplinary architectural design and research practice focused on sustainable solutions for built environment. He is survived by his wife Dana, three children, Gwendolyn, Alexander and Talullah; his parents Howard Pratt and Susan Kaye; a brother David Riley; a half-brother Riley; stepmother Sharon Pratt, stepfather Jerome Kaye and two stepbrothers, Jake and Drew Decker. A memorial service will be held March 2 at 2 p.m. in Sage Chapel at Cornell University.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Feb. 22 to Mar. 1, 2013.