Paul Rudolph was an American architect born in Kentucky in 1918. As an undergraduate, he studied architecture at Auburn University (Alabama Polytechnic at that time), then completed a graduate degree at Harvard, where Walter Gropius was his professor. Rudolph's built work includes a number of projects in Sarasota, Florida, which were instrumental in the establishment of the modernist Sarasota School of Architecture. From 1958-1965, Rudolph was the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. During his tenure, he designed and completed the university's Art and Architecture Building—probably his most famous work. Following his time at Yale, Rudolph designed a number of buildings in the northeastern US, and later throughout Asia. Rudolph passed away in 1997.