Friends, colleagues, and collaborators of Howard Elkus gathered in the new Dining Center Tuesday, February 20, to dedicate a space to the late architect who worked so closely with Emerson College to transform its campus and its neighborhood.
Elkus, founding principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, worked with his team to reinvent and define a good deal of Emerson's campus, including the Paramount Center, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Colonial Theatre, Little Building, 2 Boylston Place, and the Dining Center, where a private faculty/staff dining room on the lower level now bears his name. His daughter, Jenny Elkus, an architect at the firm; his longtime partner and friend, David Manfredi; and President Lee Pelton spoke at the event
The Howard Elkus Meeting and Dining Room features a mural of a “skyline” of buildings that Elkus was responsible for designing, accented with his signature. A plaque reads:
For a quarter of a century, Howard Elkus, internationally acclaimed architect, urban planner, and founding principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, enthusiastically collaborated with Emerson College to create Emerson's Campus on the Common. Howard's exuberant love of the arts and his devotion to Emerson's mission live on in the many projects Elkus Manfredi Architects designed and continues to design for the College. A true visionary always imagining the future, Howard was confident that the brightest days lie ahead for Emerson College and its students.