Benjamin Evans, 70
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 07 - October 9, 1997
Benjamin Evans, 70, died at his home on June 27. He was an emeritus professor of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) and a member of its faculty from 1975 until he retired in 1993.
Evans was known world-wide as a specialist in architectural design which made use of daylight and natural air movement. He established research facilities for work in the field at the college's Environmental Systems Laboratories and created courses for the architecture students he taught. A prolific author, Evans is best known for his book Daylight in Architecture.
Evans received numerous awards and honors during his career. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and of the Illuminating Engineering Society.
Other honors throughout his career included selection for the Nobel Memorial Study Panel by the Swedish Academy of Sciences; Men of the Quarter Century Award in 1976; membership in the National Research Council; recipient of the Owens-Corning Energy Conservation Award; and a Design Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was awarded the Significant Contribution to the Field of Lighting from the Illuminating Engineering Society and received a citation for Outstanding Lifelong Contribution to the Field of Daylighting.
He was a visiting professor at the University of Maryland and at Clemson. Before joining the CAUS faculty, he was a professor and head of architectural research at Texas A&M. Evans was the first director of research and education at the American Institute of Architects. He was also assistant director of the Building Research Advisory Board at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.