Edward Durell Stone, Jr. was laid to rest today in Vero Beach, Florida.
His father was Edward D. Stone, who, as an architect, had a major impact on the International Style movement in America, and worked on such buildings as the Radio City Music Hall, Museum of Modern Art (NY), the National Geographic Society Building in DC, among many others. Edward Stone, Jr. would go on to forge his own legacy in the arena of Landscape Architecture.
In 1960 Edward D. Stone and Associates (EDSA) was founded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The firm has grown to 5 offices, including one in Asia. At its height the company had over 225 employees in its US offices alone. Chances are you have crossed paths with an EDSA project and never even knew it.
I had the honor of spending one year employed by Ed Stone’s company. Though I rarely saw him, and never held a conversation with him beyond simple salutations, the company he created had a strong impact on my life. In that year I grew more as a designer than I had since I graduated from college, this is in no small part to the due to the caliber of professionals his company employs.
The atmosphere of tutelage and supportive guidance, which Ed fostered from his employees, was a great benefit to me on a personal and professional level. He formed the landscape of many lives both physically and metaphysically, and we thank him for that. Ed will be missed by many.