Tributes paid to American architect Duncan Wray Buell

US architect Duncan Wray Buell, 87, of Philadelphia, has died of cancer.

He was founding partner and later partner emeritus of the architectural firm of Buell Kratzer Powell

Buell retired from day-to-day operations last year, but his influence continued to permeate the firm’s design detailing. His hand sketches and renderings were left on the walls as a tribute and as inspiration to company employees.

“Mr Buell’s sense of innovative craftsmanship and timeless elegance is a legacy he has instilled in Buell Kratzer Powell,” said the company.

Trained at a time when hand drafting was the only way to pursue a project, he developed a unique style of drawing and sketching.

Buell earned a master of architecture degree from Yale University, where he studied under Louis I. Kahn. He later worked for Kahn as a trusted project architect, and contributed to designs for the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and the National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh.