David Irwin Bienn

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David Irwin Bienn, a noted architect and artist, passed away June 15 while traveling back from St. Petersburg, Russia. He was 61. A native of New Orleans, Bienn attended Fortier Sr. High School and received his architecture degree from the School of Architecture at Tulane University. Fluent in Russian, David moved to Russia after Glasnost and was involved in its entrepreneurial rebirth. It was there he met and married his first wife, Natalia Salop and had his son, Elijah. He moved back to New Orleans in 2010 where he later married Angelica Verkeenko. David was known as a visionary architect, designer, and artist. He was respected by his peers and sought after by clients for his innovative design capabilities. He designed houses, courtyards, and commercial and public buildings on three continents. He was a collaborator on art projects and an artist in his own right. Admired for his creativity and intelligence and his capacity to connect the dots between disciplines, he enlivened work and emboldened others through his visionary thinking. David had a big heart and was an engaging and thoughtful soul. He was loved by his family and his many circles of friends in the U.S. and Russia who will deeply miss his humanity, generosity, intelligence, and zest for life. Bienn is survived by his wife, Angelica Verkeenko, his son, Elijah Bienn of St. Petersburg, Russia, his brother, Brian Bienn, and his two sisters, Mary Jumonville and Jane Vadem and niece Gigi Abide. His parents, Virginia and Harold Bienn, precede him in death. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from the Metairie home of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, 1600 North Causeway Blvd. At 43rd Street, With Rabbi Robert Loewy Officiating. Interment In Gates Of Prayer Cemetery, (Joseph Street), New Orleans. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheiemrfh.com. Information, (504) 835-2341.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from July 25 to July 28, 2015
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