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  Arthur F. O’Leary FAIA, MRIAIBeloved Industry Icon 
Arthur F. O’Leary FAIA, MRIAI
1924 – 2009

Each issue of DCD magazine for as long as I can remember has included an excellent, informative column by Arthur F. O’Leary on this page. It is with great sadness to tell you that Art passed away on March 28 at the age of 84 in County Louth, Ireland where he had retired with his wife Inny.

Arthur was an expert in the field of architectural forensics. He graduated in 1951 from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture, where he also served on the faculty for 10 years. He served as an arbitrator and consultant on more than 300 industry litigations and has written, lectured, and published extensively in over 40 years of professional activity. He co-founded O’Leary Terasawa Partners, a Los Angeles architectural firm that became WWCOT in the 1990s after a merger. He was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1976.

Over the years, we were fortunate to be the home for over 100 of his articles on AIA Construction Documents, Construction Law, and other insightful topics. His articles were highly read and valued by DCD and our readers. A few years ago when he had reached the 100th article pinnacle he was concerned he might run out of ideas. He reached out to the readers for suggestions, and was rewarded with enough topics to keep him busy for many, many issues. He enjoyed all of the correspondence from readers and always took the time to answer all letters and emails directed to him regarding his column and industry questions.

Art wrote many industry books including Construction Nightmares, Jobs from Hell and How to Avoid Them, co-authored with James Acret ESQ, and A Guide to Successful Construction: Effective Contract Administration both published by BNi® Building News. “Art’s professionalism and knowledge was an inspiration for many. He enjoyed what he did and it showed. He kept the industry pipeline full of accurate information – in a readable and understandable format. His insight and keen wit was a pleasure to work with”, stated Bill Mahoney, President of BNi Building News.

Art retired from his architectural practice in 1986 and retired to Ireland with his wife Inny where he continued active in the industry. Donations can be made in Art’s memory to the School of Architecture, University of Southern California.  

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