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Stuart Laurence Knoop

April 24, 2023

Stuart Laurence Knoop Obituary

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 Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.


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Memorial Service
May 27, 2023

11:00 AM
Calvary Episcopal Church (Shady Ave Pittsburgh, PA)


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