Bill Booziotis, FAIA, passed away on May 11. The son of Greek immigrants, Booziotis was born in Dallas in 1935. He studied architecture at The University of Texas at Austin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1965, he became a founding partner of Thomas and Booziotis, which became Booziotis & Company Architects in 1989.
Booziotis was an influential architect who left his stamp on his hometown through work for the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Instruments, and The University of Texas at Dallas. He designed unique residential projects, including the residence affectionately known as DumpTop, a striking, angular home that sits atop Dallas overlooking the Trinity River corridor. In addition to the many design awards he received from AIA Dallas and the Texas Society of Architects, Booziotis was recognized with AIA Dallas’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. When he was presented with the award, he was described as “a man for all generations, an inspiration to his students and colleagues alike, and a scholar-architect dedicated to bringing art and architecture into the everyday life in the world around him.”
In addition to his many architectural achievements, Booziotis passionately served the community. He was president of AIA Dallas in 1983, founding the AIA Dallas Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Architecture. A patron of the arts, he was also on the board of the Dallas Museum of Art and president of the Dallas Bach Society. He founded a lecture series, the Jean & Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture Series, at The University of Texas at Dallas to highlight distinguished speakers in the area of cognitive neuroscience.
Bill Booziotis will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Communities Foundation of Texas, a building he designed. Please leave your remembrances in the comments.