Rye Lemons, architect


Rye Lemons, architect, age 43, died in Santa Fe on November 7, 2018, a man whose humanity, personal warmth and extraordinary gifts touched many. Although his days on earth were limited, he was loved by virtually everyone who knew him. His sense of appropriateness was profound, whether it involved what he called "the squint test" in assessing an architectural structure or his direct interactions with other people.

Excerpts from an appreciation of his work in Trend Magazine (Fall/Winter 2017) state: "Raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, Lemons went on to Virginia Tech where he discovered his "tribe" and earned a Masters degree in architecture. Following graduation, Lemons joined the Aspen/Carbondale, Colorado firm of Cottle Carr Yaw (CCY Architects) where he remained for nine years, working on a range of high-end residential and commercial projects. . . . At a certain point Lemons knew he wanted to be intimately involved in the entire process of a project. He wanted to see a design vision through from 'day one to day end.' In 2013 he set out on his own."

At that time he moved to Arroyo Seco, NM where he initiated his own practice. Four houses he recently designed in the Taos area stand as a testament to his impressive accomplishments after the decision to work independently.

Rye leaves behind his parents, Reed and Patricia Lemons; an older brother Rick; his wife Casey and their three children; his maternal grandmother, Phyllis Hedstrom; his partner Rodney Boren; and friends of many years Jolie Jones and Landon Young. A multitude of other friends whose lives he touched will forever remember the beauty, vitality, and depth of this kind and generous man.


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