Anne Griswold Tyng, an architect who devoted her career to achieving a synthesis of geometric order and human consciousness within architecture, died on December 27, at her home in Greenbrae, California. She was 91.
Since the 1950s, when she worked closely with Louis I. Kahn and independently pioneered habitable space-frame architecture, Tyng applied natural and numeric systems to built forms on all scales, from urban plans to domestic spaces. Her work pushed "the spatial potential of architecture," notes Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation in Chicago, and continues to, "resonate deeply with contemporary architects who are working with complex geometry as a source for new forms in building."
Tyng is best-known for her work and her affair with the architect Louis I. Kahn; she appeared in the 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary, My Architect. Tyng wrote extensively on the subject of creative conflicts between men and women emphasizing her own transition from a muse to heroine in search of an independent visible identity. Tyng characterized each stage of her life as an evolution of "psychological development necessary to free her creative potential" enabling her to become heroine of her own ideas rather than a muse to the creative potential of another.
Tyng characterized each stage of her life as an evolution of 'psychological development necessary to free her creative potential' enabling her to become heroine of her own ideas rather than a muse to the creative potential of another.
Tyng is survived by her daughter, Alexandra: two grandchildren, Rebecca and Julian; as well as two brothers, William Wark Tyng and Franklin Somes Tyng; and a son-in-law, Steven Kantor.