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Death of Oscar Niemeyer

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 7, 2012


The United States extends its deepest condolences to the people of Brazil on the passing of legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

An architectural innovator and master of creative design, Mr. Niemeyer left his mark in the world with buildings in World Heritage Sites in Brazil and in Europe. In his designs for the new capital of Brazil, he transposed the natural curves of the former capital, Rio de Janeiro, to the buildings and monuments of Brasília.

In the United States, Niemeyer designed the Strick House in Santa Monica, California, and in New York he was one of the principal architects of the UN Headquarters buildings at Turtle Bay.

In 1963, Mr. Niemeyer was granted honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. Niemeyer helped shape the unique identity of the Brazilian nation and its people. His legacy will live on in the beauty of his creations, which will continue to inspire for generations to come.

PRN: 2012/1940


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