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Remembering a Giant of New Orleans Architecture

August Perez III's influence on his city is everywhere you look.
The Piazza D'Italia, a postmodern architectural icon designed by Charles Moore and August Perez III in 1978.
The Piazza D'Italia, a postmodern architectural icon designed by Charles Moore and August Perez III in 1978.Colros/Wikimedia Commons

August Perez III had an incredible impact on the way New Orleans looks today, from its skyline to Mardi Gras. Perez, one of the city's most important architects of the 20th century, passed away last week at the age of 81. His funeral will take place on Saturday in Metairie, just outside the city he helped transform.

Taking over his father's architecture firm in 1975, Perez quickly made his mark on postmodern architecture, teaming up with Charles Moore to design the Piazza D'Italia in 1978. The public plaza, filled with architectural winks, remains one of the most defining pieces of postmodern design to this day.