“Richard Ahern was born on the 4th of July 1927 in Medford, Massachusetts, and spent his early years in Washington, D.C. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946, after which he attended the University of Maryland for one year. Ahern then transferred to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in architecture and received a B.S. in 1950.”
“…He apprenticed with two architectural firms in Washington, D.C. from 1952 to 1954, taught as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Kent State University from 1954 to 1957….”
“Ahern moved to Ann Arbor in 1962 … where he would continue to live and work for the remaining forty-two years of his life.”
“Professionally, Ahern worked on numerous projects that combined planning and architecture …. Ahern also worked as an artist, producing thousands of drawings of buildings and places around the world during his lifetime, many of which were published as popular lithographs.”
Graphic Arts holds twenty-five lithographs by Ahern, dating from 1977 to 1993; including The Lawn of the University of Virginia, 1977; Sproul Plaza, The University of California at Berkeley, 1978; Congress Hall, Independence Hall, Old City Hall & Philosophical Hall, 1980; Duke University, Durham, N.C., 1980; Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1980; Congress Hall, Independence Hall, Old City Hall & Philosophical Hall, 1980; Harvard Yard in Autumn, 1981; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981; and others.