Meet Alfred DiGiacomo: Presenting the Life and Career of a 93-Year-Old Architect

Alfred DiGiacomo

Alfred DiGiacomo. photo / provided

Born on Long Island in 1922, Alfred DiGiacomo has an incredible life story. After serving in World War II, DiGiacomo went on to have a prolific career in architecture spanning more than 45 years. Starting out as a draftsman in his hometown of Huntington Station after the war, DiGiacomo quickly discovered his love and fascination for all things design. After receiving his architecture license in 1948, DiGiacomo began working in a small architecture firm under the direction of James Van Alst. In his 14 years with Van Alst, DiGiacomo designed more than 50 school buildings, several churches, firehouses, retail stores, and many other projects on Long Island. In 1962, DiGiacomo continued his prodigious career with Carl Stoye & Associates. In 1969, he became the county architect for Suffolk County in New York, responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of all county buildings.

In 1980, DiGiacomo moved to Ithaca to work as the manager for architectural and engineering services of Cornell University. In his 13 years at Cornell, DiGiacomo oversaw the design and construction of numerous projects on campus including the Geological Sciences Building, the Biotechnology Building, the Town Houses, the Schwartz Performing Arts Center, and the Uris Library addition. DiGiacomo also completed his own designs for the university including the Willard Straight Ivy Room and terrace. DiGiacomo retired in 1993 and still lives in Ithaca.

Abstract:

DiGiacomo will showcase some of his work, share stories, and take questions from attendees. On display will be eight diverse projects from across his career: The Common School District Elementary School addition (1948), the Long Island Ice Hockey Area (1955), the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1960), Walt Whitman High School (1962), Islip High School (1963), Roosevelt Elementary School (1967), the Okaya Residence (1969), and the Ivy Room renovations (1992).