D. Blake Alexander
1924 – 2011
The faculty, students, and staff of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and the Alexander Architectural Archive are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of professor emeritus and archive namesake, Drury Blakeley Alexander
[B.Arch. '50, B.S. '51].
Professor Alexander was born in Paris, Texas, in 1924, and died in Austin on December 11, 2011. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 and was awarded the bronze star. He received degrees in architecture (1950) and in art (1951) at the University of Texas and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1953. He began his distinguished teaching career at the School of Architecture in 1955 and retired in 1993. He was honored with the title of professor emeritus in 1994.
Alexander is the author of Texas Homes of the 19th Century (1966) and Sources of Classicism (1978). Chairman of the Austin Historic Landmark Commission for ten years, he received many awards and honors for his activities in historic preservation at the local, state, and national levels. He was a mentor to and much admired professor for many students, friends, and colleagues.
Blake Alexander was a champion for the education, documentation, and preservation of Texas’ architectural heritage. He was also a pioneer in recognizing the importance of archiving architectural records. The Alexander Architectural Archive grew out of his personal collection and stewardship. The resources he continued to collect play an important role in the restoration of many of Texas’ most important buildings and support the education and scholarship of American architectural history.
The School of Architecture and the University of Texas Libraries held a memorial gathering on Saturday, April 28, in the Architecture & Planning Library. Video recording of the memorial.
The 1+1 Exhibit featuring Richard Swallow and John Blood will be open in the Mebane Gallery from 10a-6p.
To learn more about Alexander’s life and legacy, please visit:
Memorial contributions can be made to:
- Alexander Architectural Archive
or the Architecture and Planning Library
- Blake Alexander Traveling Student Fellowship in Architecture If you have questions, please contact Director of Development
Luke Dunlap at email@example.com. You may also donate online