Derek Bradford died on January 23, 2017, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Born in London, England, Derek earned a Diploma in Architecture from the University of North London. He received a Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Derek taught for 40 years at the Rhode Island School of Design and held the faculty position of Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Landscape. While at RISD, he was the first recipient of the Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. After retiring from RISD in 2004, he joined the faculty at Roger Williams University.
Derek was an active member of the American Institute of Architects RI chapter and served as both President and Treasurer. He was elected President of the overseas chapter of the Royal Institute of British Architects and served as Director on the AIA National Board. He was also a longtime member of the Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee.
He was an avid traveler and shared his knowledge and expertise teaching and participating in projects in several countries including Pakistan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Egypt, England, and Scotland. He was a talented photographer and painter.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Sara, daughters Gail C. Bradford of Orlando, FL, and Nyssa Bradford Mundy of Cumberland, RI, his granddaughters Sasha, Ella, and Georgia, his sister Brenda Lake of Bromley, England, and his Dalmatian, Betula. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Oak Foundation or the Cultural Landscape Foundation. A memorial service will be held on March 11, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the First Unitarian Church of Providence. Condolences may be offered at www.mkds.com.