Kao Er-pan (高而潘), the renowned architect who designed the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, died on Tuesday, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement.
The ministry did not disclose the cause of death. Kao was 95.
Kao was a tireless practitioner and teacher of architecture, and created numerous works that reflect Taiwan’s social, economic and cultural progress since the 1960s, Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得) said in the statement.
He was also the designer of the Hu Shih Park, the Yue Li Lodge (月裡山莊) housing complex, the Dongshan River Water Park, Augusto Crown Gulf Club and the CTS Building, the ministry said.
He received many accolades for his works, including the 1980 and 1984 editions of the Taipei Municipal Design Excellence Award and the 15th edition of the Taiwan Architect Magazine Award for International Cooperation Excellence in 1993, it said.
Kao was also a founding member of the Architectural Institute of Taiwan, which was established in 1999, the ministry said.
The National Taiwan Museum has digitized the structures Kao designed as part of its collection of iconic post-World War II Taiwanese buildings and assembled more than 8,000 blueprints, it said, adding that they can be viewed online via the museum’s Web site.
The museum will continue the research, display and promotion of Kao’s works as a seminal figure in the development and modernization of architecture in Taiwan, it said.
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