Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- Allen Eskew, a noted New Orleans architect whose projects included the 1984 World’s Fair, Aquarium of the Americas, Woldenberg Park and Champions Square, died Tuesday. He was 65.
The cause of death has not been determined.
He established his award-winning architectural firm, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, five years after he was the design director for the World’s Fair, the major project that transformed the New Orleans riverfront.
His other riverfront projects included the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Woldenberg Park and the new “Reinventing the Crescent” project. He was also part of the team which restored the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, and created Champions Square nearby.
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is also the architect for renovations currently underway at WWL-TV's studios.
The firm has been the recipient of numerous awards for design excellence, including 25 national awards and over 100 design awards at the local, state and regional levels
Eskew earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture at LSU and master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
LSU's College of Art + Design named him recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award just this past year, and he spoke at the spring commencement.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.