Francesca Garcia Marquez was a passionate advocate for the art of architecture. The Distinguished Architects lecture series she hosted, year after year at LACMA, brought some of the world’s most creative practitioners to LA. Amanda Levete, Ma Yansong, Odile Decq, Fernando Romero and Jeanne Gang were among those who presented their work to enthusiastic audiences, and Francesca was there, cheering them on, and finding new sponsors to continue the series. Quirky, opinionated and fiercely independent, she was a rare spirit and will be sorely missed.

Michael Webb

Author: Michael Webb

Michael Webb Hon. AIA/LA has authored more than twenty books on architecture and design, most recently Moving Around: A Lifetime of Wandering, Architects’ Houses, and Building Community: New Apartment Architecture, while contributing essays to many more. He is also a regular contributor to leading journals in the United States and Europe. Growing up in London, he was an editor at The Times and Country Life, before moving to the US, where he directed film programs for the AFI and curated a Smithsonian exhibition on Hollywood.

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