In Memoriam


Peter Harmon, AIA 1953-2016

Peter Boone Harmon passed away on April 18, 2016 in Concord, California. Peter was the beloved husband of Marlene, father of Zachary and Joshua and son of Arliss Harmon. He was born March 31, 1953 in Oakland, California, the son of Ted and Arliss Harmon. He was raised in Hayward. In 1976 he graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from Arizona State University to be followed by a Masters in Architecture from Cal Poly, Pamona in 1979. He began his career, primarily as a residential architect, with the firm of Hollman Bologna in Walnut Creek in 1979. He started his own firm in 1988. Peter brought a ready smile, infectious laugh, kind word, listening ear and generous spirit to all he did. During his over 30 years as an architect Peter designed numerous outstanding custom homes, remodels, church structures and commercial spaces. His projects have been featured in magazine and newspaper articles. Peter loved his profession. In addition to his work, he served many years on the Concord Design Review Board.

He really loved being an architect.



D. Jamie Rusin, AIA 1958-2016

ELS Principal D. Jamie Rusin, architect, urban designer, father, author, cyclist, mentor, and great friend passed away April 21, 2016. For over 30 years at ELS he led numerous projects with the common objective of bringing people together through great architecture and public spaces. At the office, Jamie championed a culture of open dialogue, debate, and collaboration. His admiration for academia translated directly into his leadership. Involved in every aspect of a project from the initial sketches to the final details, he knew, mentored, and learned from his teams at all levels. His core belief that innovation is a product of process opened the door for many voices to participate, making each project distinct and memorable in its own way. In the field, he was a constant student of the public realm and the people it served. His devotion to the end user provided a clarity and purpose to projects that were often complex and multi-faceted. This sensitivity to the way people interact, socialize, and enjoy the presence of others created projects with an inherent vibrancy.

Jamie will be dearly missed.

Donations in Jamie Rusin’s memory can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research or to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

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