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Andrew S. Gordon, Former Armani Architect, Dies at 52

He worked for Gruppo Finanziario Tessile/Giorgio Armani for 10 years before starting his own company, with current projects in New York, Florida and California.

Andrew S. Gordon, 52, a former architect and designer with Gruppo Finanziario Tessile/Giorgio Armani, died Sept. 5 at his home in East Hampton, N.Y., following a long battle with cancer.

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Gordon worked for Armani for 10 years before starting his own architecture and design company, Andrew Gordon Inc., with current projects in New York, Florida and California. Earlier in his career, he worked with the architecture firm Hanna/Oli. He built his reputation on his modern, minimalist aesthetic.

In later years, Gordon’s focus shifted away from architecture to painting, experimenting with variations in light and texture.

Gordon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Design of the Environment. He also studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

In February, Gordon was cleared by a judge to collect on the vast majority of the $260 million estate of his late boyfriend, Christopher Browne, former managing director of the investment firm Tweedy, Browne Co., after a bitter lawsuit brought by Browne’s friends and family against Gordon was dropped.

Gordon is survived by his parents, Robert Gordon 3rd and Eleanor, his brothers, Robert and William, and a sister, Elizabeth Dellenbaugh.

Contributions in Gordon’s name may be made to Rockefeller University and the East Hampton Village Preservation Society.