W. Kirby Lockard
Adair Funeral Homes - Dodge Chapel
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Tucson, AZ 85716
W. Kirby Lockard, FAIA age 77, died 25 June 2007. Kirby was born in Cobden, Illinois on 24 July 1929 and grew up in Southern Illinois. He graduated from Kemper Military Inst. and served in the U.S. army for two years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1952 from the University of Illinois, moved to Tucson, Arizona where he worked for the architectural firm of Scholler and Sakellar, then went on to complete his Master in Architecture from MIT in 1962. He returned to Tucson and began teaching in the College of Architecture at The University of Arizona. Kirby actively practiced architecture and authored numerous books on architecture and design communications while a Professor of Architecture at the University of Arizona's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1999. A nationally recognized architect, professor, author, artist and city planner, he was a kind, loving, understanding communicator and truly a Renaissance Man. His books include Drawing as a Means to Architecture, Design Drawing, Design Drawing Experiences, Architectural Delineation, Freehand Perspective for Designers, and Drawing Techniques for Designers. He pioneered video teaching with twenty videotapes on architecture drawing, known as the Design Drawing Videotapes. His teaching and his publications are known throughout the world and his students, numbering in the thousands, consider him one of their greatest professors. He was an invited lecturer at over 25 universities in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Mexico and conducted many national and international workshops for students, teachers, and professionals. He and his wife, Peggy, loved to travel visiting most of the U.S., Great Britain, Europe, Egypt, the Greek Islands, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Kirby's architectural accomplishments are highly recognized and include banks, residences, and churches and his work had been highly published. In 1969, he received the Regional Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects for Dove of Peace Lutheran Church in Tucson, Arizona. In 1976, he was awarded the University of Arizona's Creative Teaching Award and "Acknowledged as one of the top teachers of architectural graphics in the United States," and "...the prime influence on generations of young architects in the country." In 1976, he won third prize at a national urban housing competition in Miami, Florida. He was invested as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1977 and in 1989, he received the Western Mountain Region AIA's highest award-the Silver Medal. He was awarded the inaugural Educator Award from the AIA in 1995. He and Peggy are members of the Presidents Club at the University of Arizona and have donated numerous scholarships to the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He was a founder of the national Design Communication Association whose members teach in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. He will be missed every moment of every day by his beloved wife, lover and partner of 34 years, Peggy Hamilton Lockard; his three children, Rita Gail Champlin (Joseph), Melvin Scott Lockard (Nancy Marmion) and William Brodie Lockard; his two step-children, Sandra Gieske Larriva (Phillip) and David Brian Gieske (Cyndi); and his four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Kirby was preceded in death by his parents, Zella Mangold Lockard and Melvin C. Lockard. A private family service has been held. A celebration of Kirby's life will be held at the College of Architecture later this summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kirby's name to the Kirby Lockard Design Communications Endowment, College of Architecture; or the William Kirby and Peggy Hamilton Lockard Scholarship, College of Architecture, both at P.O. Box 210075, U of A, Tucson, 85721; or to Casa de la Luz Hospice at 400 West Magee Road, Tucson, 85704. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Jul. 1, 2007.
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Kirby taught me to be an architect. I can never look at an architectural; drawing without thinking of him. He was a kind man and very talented. I often think of him.
Ulla Lehtonen
June 25, 2020
Debra and I send our sympathies to Peggy and the family. I had the wonderful experience to serve on the U of A Architecture faculty from '73 to '85 with Kirby. It was a time of thinking, learning and sharing during which Kirby was our special and thoughtful guide.
Jim Larson
July 13, 2007
Kirby was my guiding light during my years at the College of Architecture. He taught me so very much about drawing and I still refuse to use CAD to draw. He taught me that in order to know what a line really meant, you had to phisically draw it. He will be very much missed by me.
E(ric) Thomas Kozan Class of 1970, 81
July 6, 2007
I had the immense grace to know Kirby and to live in a house he designed for me in 1971. He will live in my heart and mind as a gentle hero and beautiful being. He will be missed on the physical plane, but what he brought to all that knew him and those that knew of him, will live on.

Love to all his family.
Kailash Sozzani
July 3, 2007
ALL of his past students will always remember Kirby, especially his signature line..."You should be inking, now". I think of Kirby each time I draw. We will always remeber Kirby.
Joseph Sporrer ('83)
July 2, 2007
My sympathies go out to the Lockard family at this time of great loss. Kirby was a talented professor who taught from his heart.
Gary Baker(class of 83)
July 2, 2007
My deepest condolences to Kirby's family. He lives on in the hearts and talents of all his students.
Kekku Lehtonen '83 grad
July 1, 2007
What a fine, fine person he was. He will be deeply missed and his loss felt.
Mark Bahti
July 1, 2007
MY sympathy to the family and to Brodie especially. I have not forgotten the family support to Catalina High School and to me as an English teacher. Tommy Harper
Tommy Harper
July 1, 2007