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 Robert Rayner, Architect


A tribute to Garlan

This site is dedicated to my friend and mentor Garlan D. Bryan Jr., who at 85, passed away on March 23, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. 

Although I learned a tremendous amount about Architecture while attending school at the University of New Mexico, I learned much, much more from Garlan.   

I will never forget the day we started working together he said to me “The practice of Architecture is supposed to be fun, when it stops being fun, we need to both get out of the business”.  After working with Garlan for 10 years, we never stopped having fun. 

Some of Garlan’s  most notable achievements include:

- graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas School of Architecture in 1948.

- was a Partner in the firm of Flatow, Moore, Bryan, and Fairburn of Albuquerque.

- He served as the first president of the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

-Taught Architectural Design at the University of Texas and Architectural Professional Practice at the University of New Mexico

- He served as Chairman of the first Uniform Building Code Committee for the City of Albuquerque and the Construction Industry Advisory Committee from 1973 to 1993.  

-Architect of the Year Award, Western Mountain Region AIA, 1954.

-New Mexico Society of Architects Service Award, 1966.

-Design Excellence Award, College & University Business Magazine, for the UNM College of Education, 1967

-New Mexico Society of Architects Award of Honor for the UNM Biology Building, 1970

-Albuquerque Chapter AIA Professional Award, 1985

-Association of General Contractors SIR Award, 1985

-Outstanding Contribution to the New Mexico Memorial of Perpetual Tears.

Even with all these accomplishments under his belt, he always made time to be the best husband, father, and teacher he could possibly be. 


Garlan, we will always miss you.

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