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Collection Of Iconic Architectural Illustrator Who Worked On World Trade Center Donated To UCSB

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(Carlos Diniz Archives)
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One of the many illustration done by Carlos Diniz to give people an idea of what the then proposed World Trade Center in New York might look like when completed

The World Trade Center in New York, the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, The Century City Shopping Plaza, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were among his projects.

Closer to home in the 1960’s, Carlos Diniz worked on the master plan for Westlake Village.

Diniz is considered one of the world’s most important architectural illustrators, helping to bring ideas for projects to life so architects, and clients could visualize them.

Now, most of a massive archive of the late illustrator’s work will become part of a permanent collection at a UC Santa Barbara museum.

Jocelyn Gibbs is curator of the architecture and design collection at UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design and Architecture Museum.

She says that while Diniz' projects included things like London’s famed Canary Wharf, and the Pasadena Art Museum, perhaps his most famous was the World Trade Center.

Diniz worked for nearly a half century, retiring in 1996. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1998, and died in 2001 at the age of 72.

His family sold a few of his illustrations to museums and private collectors, but recently decided to donate the bulk of the approximately 2,000 works to UCSB. Gibbs says it’s an important addition to a museum which has already developed a big reputation for its architectural collection.

The UCSB Museum is currently hosting a small exhibition featuring some of Diniz’s work.

The exhibition runs through August 14th at the museum, open from noon to 5 p.m Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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