AIA Fellow Duffy Stanley ’48 dies, leaving notable legacy in El Paso

Duffy Stanley '48

Duffy Stanley '48

Duffy Stanley, 91, who earned a bachelor of architecture degree at Texas A&M in 1948, passed away Sept. 27, 2014 after decades of shaping the El Paso, Texas region with his design, planning and preservation efforts.

A member of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, Stanley was instrumental in planning Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, produced El Paso’s first historic structures analysis and created the first land use plans for El Paso, Hudspeth and Culbertson counties.  He also helped establish Franklin Mountains State Park and other wilderness areas and helped save deteriorating Spanish missions in the city’s lower valley.

Stanley designed more than 25 schools in the El Paso area, including his favorite project, Franklin High School, honored with the Caudill Award, which recognizes excellence in educational construction and renovation projects in Texas.

He also designed several projects in Austin, including Austin Waldorf School Performing Arts Center and the Daniel Ruiz library.

Stanley’s son Lars, who earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1974, was named an outstanding alumnus of the college in 2009. 

posted November 26, 2014