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Miller Hull design firm founder dies

Robert Hull, founder of the architecture firm Miller Hull Partnership LLP, has died due to complications related to a stroke suffered while on sabbatical in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was 68.

Hull is survived by his wife and two sons. A family funeral service will be held in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday. Details of a public celebration of Hull’s life in Seattle will be announced when confirmed.

His Seattle-based firm opened up an office in San Diego in 2011 and Hull left his mark on the local community with designs for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the University of California, San Diego Structural and Nano-Materials Engineering Building, Pier 32 in National City and the Wharf at America's Cup Harbor.

Hull started the design firm with his long-standing business partner David Miller in 1977.

The two met while studying architecture at Washington State University after which Hull served four years in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan, where he designed more than 100 sustainable schools.

Hull began his design career in the New York office of Marcel Breuer which honed his modernist aesthetic, eventually joining Miller in Vancouver, B.C. before opening the firm.

During his 46-year career, Hull had a significant impact on the architecture of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, receiving numerous awards and honors.

Among the most prominent, his design guidance contributed to the firm’s receiving the 2003 AIA National Firm Award for sustained design excellence.

He is also the former president of the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Hull recently returned to Herat and Mazar e Sharif Afghanistan, where he was leading the design of both a health clinic and girl’s school, in communities where he had served in the Peace Corps more than 40 years ago.

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