January 26, 2004 by

Maxwell Starkman


Categories: Business, Military

Maxwell Starkman, the architect who designed the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, died on Jan. 5 from natural causes. He was 82.
The Toronto-native joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and spent World War II serving in England, France, Belgium and Germany before returning to Canada to earn his architecture degree at the University of Manitoba. After graduation, Starkman moved to Los Angeles and worked for Richard J. Neutra, the grandfather of contemporary architecture in California.
In 1953, Starkman and architect Fritz Reichl formed their own firm, Reichl and Starkman Architects. When Riechl died a few years later, the company changed its name to Maxwell Starkman & Associates and began designing tract homes during Southern California’s post-war housing boom. Over the next three decades, Starkman built thousands of single-family homes and apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, luxury condominiums and hotels.
His firm, which was ranked in the Top 100 in Engineering News Record, also designed Sony Pictures Plaza in Culver City, Calif., and the 36,000-square-foot Holocaust museum.

4 Responses to Maxwell Starkman

  1. Alyn Starkman

    Maxwell Starkman was my uncle. I live in Toronto
    Canada. I’m sorry to say that I did not find out about his death until I read about it on the internet.
    Although I did not see him that often over the years he was always very nice to me and always took an interest in what I was doing.
    Since I do not have the email addresses of his children I hope this tribute will get to them.
    Please accept my condolences on your loss and my appologies for not attending the funeral.
    Alyn Starkman

  2. Abbie Minckler

    I used to work for Max many years ago (about 25 years ago) at Maxwell Starkman & Assoc. in Beverly Hills. Max was a very nice man – and had built an incredible empire! He was a brilliant business man and architect. I also dated his son, Rob, for quite a while. Great family! Max left a spectacular legacy for his family and the architectural world. I feel honored to have worked for him!

  3. David Michelson

    I grew up with his family in Brentwood, lawrence was a good friend. The family was well centered, the children (my friend) all enjoyed a great life,and I can say he was a good family man as well as clearly a good buisness man
    laurence I hope you see this and contact me

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