Stuart Knoop passed away peacefully on Monday April 24, 2023, surrounded by his
family. Stuart is survived by his wife Ann (née Kirk) his 3 children, Leslie
Knoop (Mark Cartwright), Laura Knoop Very (Raymond Matthew Very) and
Gregory Knoop (Aphrodite née Mountrakis) and 4 grandchildren, Benjamin
and Isabella Very, and Heather and Fiona Cartwright.
Stuart was born in Minneola, NY on October 21,1933 to Elva Letitia (née
Rodgers) and William August Knoop. He was the 3rd of 4 brothers; Burtis,
Alan and David, all of whom predeceased him. Stuart was always fascinated
not just by how things are made, but also by beauty in the manmade.
Architecture was his vocation, combining both those interests. He graduated
from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a Bachelor of
Architecture (BArch) in July 1956 with honors: Tau Sigma Delta and Phi Beta
Kappa. He went on to study Urban Planning with a Fulbright Scholarship at
the Architectural Association in London from 1956-7. After his return from
England, Stuart married his childhood friend and neighbor Ann Elizabeth Kirk
on May 2,1959 at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Millburn, NJ.
Stuart had a successful career in architecture opening Oudens and Knoop
with Gerald Oudens in 1970 in Washington, DC. Over the breadth of his
career, he worked on over 125 Embassy projects in 85 countries worldwide.
He was pivotal contributor in establishing the early standards for embassy
design that were the foundation to standards still used today. For his
expertise, he sat on multiple committees for the National Academy of
Sciences and the National Science Foundation pioneering the security
standards of practice used to protect federal buildings. For a decade, Stuart
was the leader of award-winning master planning for the National Institutes of
Health on their campuses in Maryland, and throughout the country. He
dedicated the later years of his career to advocate for better building
standards for the visually impaired. In 2000 he was honored for his work in
architecture, being made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
Stuart had a lifelong appreciation for the arts. When time permitted, he loved
to visit art museums, attend concerts and go to the opera.
A service celebrating Stuart’s life will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315
Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 on Saturday May 27, 2023 at 11:00
a.m., with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Please celebrate Stuart’s life
by donating to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in his name
https://pittsburghfoodbank.org/. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.
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