December 19, 2019

Accomplished Architect Erica Tishman Killed By Falling Debris in Manhattan

Erica Tishman, a New York architect with more than 30 years of experience in architectural design, construction, and project management, died on Tuesday after being struck by falling debris from a 17-story building on a cold and rainy morning in midtown Manhattan. She was 60 years old.  

Tishman, who earned degrees from Princeton University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, was vice president at the project management firm Zubatkin Owner Representation, as well as an avid volunteer. Tishman formerly chaired the Board of Directors for the Educational Alliance—the first woman to do so in the social services agency’s 130-year history—and served on the Board of Trustees at Riverdale Country School and the Central Synagogue in Manhattan. She also was a member of the American Institute of Architects New York chapter. 

“As architects, we know too well the dangers that arise from a lack of effective government oversight and proper maintenance by building owners,” according to the statement released by AIA New York. “AIA NY will continue to advocate for safer building conditions throughout our city. Our thoughts are with Erica Tishman’s family.”

Several years ago, Tishman—then at DeWitt Tishman Architects, where she was a founding partner—worked with David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor to expand and modernize a master bedroom for prominent art collectors in Manhattan. The collaboration with Mann marks one of many lauded interiors by Tishman throughout her career, most of which was spent working in the private sector, where she honed an expertise in project development. 

“There is one word that encapsulates Erica: indefatigable,” according to a statement released by the Educational Alliance. “To every opportunity, meeting, or event, she always brought her full self. Her presence will always be felt in every corner of our organization.”

Tishman leaves behind her husband, Steve, and their three daughters. In the coming days, The Educational Alliance will provide additional details on ways to honor her life.

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