A Tribute to John Robert “Bob” Mosher, September 27, 1920 – July 26, 2015)

Bob Mosher and Roy Drew in their office in La Jolla

















On July 26, 2015, a force in San Diego architecture passed away, leaving an enduring legacy on the San Diego skyline. Robert “Bob” Mosher, FAIA, died in his La Holla home following a long and distinguished professional career at the age of 94.

Bob Mosher began his architecture practice in 1946 out of the Green Dragon Colony in La Jolla. A few years later, his friend Roy Drew joined to found Architects Mosher Drew. His landmark projects include the Coronado Bridge, Muir College at UCSD, and the NBC Tower in Downtown San Diego.

The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, designed by architect Robert Mosher, is pictured in this undated photo.

The firm believed that superior architecture contributes to the higher aspirations of man and to the protection of the environment. For many years, there was a small sign mounted over the entrance to the drafting room in their La Jolla office which read:

“We believe that the environment should reflect the warmth and unique quality of the human spirit. To the degree that man can accomplish this aim, so will he expand his total resources in our complex contemporary world.”

Bob Mosher’s philosophy resonates with our firm as we continue to instill his gumption and passion for the human spirit into the built environment.

Bob Mosher with Roy Drew

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