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Jack Durkee Train, 1922–2014

Jack Durkee Train, a founding principal of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, passed away on 17 March 2014, at his home in Barrington, Illinois. Jack lived for 91 years, dedicating much of his life to the architectural profession. He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a degree in architectural and structural engineering. He spent the first 20 years of his professional career with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where as an associate partner he was responsible for the firm’s technical performance.

In 1982, he founded Jack Train Associates, which offered a range of architectural services to a number of prominent clients, including Abbott Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratory, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, Osco Drug, Prudential Life Insurance, United Airlines, and the University of Chicago.

Throughout his career, Jack Train has provided leadership to the American Institute of Architects at the local, state, and national level. He served as the AIA Chicago Chapter president from 1962 to 1964, after serving terms as first and second vice president and as chairman of several local committees. He was the first president of AIA Illinois (then known as the Illinois AIA Council) and later its chairman.

At the national level, he was chairman of several task forces and committees, including a national task force to study standards of ethical practice and a task force to rewrite and computerize AIA’s cost accounting system. In 1974, he was the recipient of the coveted Edward C. Kemper Award, given each year by the AIA to an architect for outstanding service to the profession. Jack was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and authored the book The Unsung Essentials of Architecture, which focuses on the business of architecture.

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