in memoriam: David H. Hulihan, april 10, 1939 - May 12, 2018 / by Ethan Anthony


David Hulihan joined Cram and Ferguson Architects predecessor firm, Hoyle Doran & Berry, Inc in October 1971. David had been employed at Harrison and Abramowitz in New York City after graduation from Columbia Architecture where he worked on Rockefeller Center projects. During his time at Hoyle, Doran & Berry he worked on the State office buildings at Government Center including space planning for a number of state agencies including Attorney General Belloti's offices. His experience and interests were in office buildings and office space and he worked on the new Building for National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier, Vermont and the renovations of the National Life Insurance and State Mutual Life Insurance Headquarters office buildings in Worcester.

David had a deep knowledge and understanding of heavy and technical construction and of high quality detailing he put to use on all of the projects he completed. He excelled in solving complex technical problems including constructing antenna towers atop the Prudential Insurance Building in Boston.

He was an excellent manager and teacher and everyone who worked with him came away with a better understanding of how to put a building together in a logical way that would endure through the years.

David was a wonderful partner to me during the 7 years we worked together and we collaborated not only in running the business of Hoyle, Doran & Berry and descendant firms; HDB/Cram and Ferguson and Cram and Ferguson Architects but also in establishing a practice of high standards and humanity. David was always a good friend to me and I relied on him greatly up to his retirement from active practice in February 1998.