Michel Cler (1938–2017)
Architect DESA, Colour Consultant, Founder und Director of Atelier Cler, Paris.

MICHEL CLER was an architect and colour consultant, with a diploma from the École Spéciale d’Architecture (DESA), Paris, France. He was founder and Director of Atelier Cler in Paris, France. Since 1970, it has been known as the Atelier France and Michel Cler. His work includes designing and realizing colour projects in Hong Kong, Vietnam, the French West Indies, and in France, especially his projects featuring colour of the New Towns; in the Ain Region as a means of revitalizing villages; and, in terms of landscape chromatic design in the Industrial Park of the French Ain Area. As well, a series of colour collections have been conceived for numerous building material producers. Works of Atelier France and Michel Cler are included in the Centre Pompidou’s collection…

Exterior of Riverside Museum (2007–11) by Zaha Hadid, development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland. Photo Verena M Schindler

Zaha Hadid’s Exterior of Riverside Museum (2007–11). Photo Verena M Schindler

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE (Arabic: زها حديد‎ Zahā Ḥadīd; 31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016)[1] was an Iraqi-British architect. In 2004 she became the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2014 the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed by her, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award, making her the first woman to win the top prize in that competition. In 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.
Her buildings are distinctively neofuturistic, characterised by the “powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures” with “multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life”. More on Wikipedia


Silvia Rizzo at AIC 2011 Midterm Meeting in Zurich with her poster on “Teaching ideas and aspects for a new spacial research on the interaction between light, space, and color”.

The funeral service will be held Friday 20, 2012 at 11:45 a.m. at the Church of La Consolazione, Via XX Settembre, Genoa.

Expressions of Condolences
Silvia’s bright memories in Genova, her kindness and her colorful world will be with me as long as I live. If you have access to her family, friends and colleagues, please send my deep condolences. She invited me to Genova twice, in 2003 and 2007, and it is not possible to forget her coming to the airport to welcome us and during all days there, how she tried to warmly host us. At that time, in 2003, Tom Porter was also with us, with Karin Fridell Anter and others.
Goodbye Silvia,
Susan Habib

I am so sorry to learn the very sad news of Silvia… More…

John Gage Memorial

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
May 28, 2012 at 5pm
Eric Shanes
Alex Potts

Arq. Emilia Rabuini

The international colour community is tainted with sadness at the news that the architect, painter and colour designer, Emilia Rabuibi, principal of Centro Pampa, died on May 15th.

Arq. Emilia Rabuini
Centro Pampa arte & diseño – docencia, investigación y consultoría
Fernán Félix de Amador 1540. (1630 ) Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Newsletter Nr. 22, 2009: news22-09.pdf

Anders Hård

Photo Joakim Roos Scanpix (Detail)

in memoriam

Michel Cler, dies July 27, 2017

Michel Cler on a visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, March 14, 2017.
Photo: Verena M. Schindler

With deep grief and profound sadness, I announce the passing of Michel Cler with whom I have collaborated for so many years, sharing colour in all its multiple facets ranging from the utmost ethereal philosophical issues to ultimately concrete practical matters.
Verena M. Schindler


Zaha Hadid, dies March 31, 2016

Green coloured Interior of Riverside Museum (2007–11) by Zaha Hadid development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland. Photo Verena M Schindler

Zaha Hadid’s Green Coloured Interior of Riverside Museum Development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland, 2007–11. In 2012, I attended the PICS conference and had the opportunity to visit this extraordinary building. I am very sorry and sad that we have prematurely lost this truly brilliant woman architect. Photo Verena M Schindler


Silvia Rizzo, dies July 9, 2012


John Gage, Art Historian, dies February 10, 2012

We had the extraordinary opportunity and pleasure to meet John Gage at AIC 2009 in Sydney and listen to his invited lecture on EVOLUTION OF COLOUR. EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD and also
Words cannot express the deep sorrow that I feel in learning of the passing of John Gage, a great art historian whose writings were essential for understanding colour and its many cultural and artistic expressions.
I present my condolences to his family and his friends.

Verena M. Schindler, CHAIR
International Colour Association


A Memorial for John Gage
John Gage’s daughter Chas would like to pass on the details for a memorial for John Gage which Eric Shanes and Alex are organising: A celebration of John Gage’s life and work will be held at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA) on Monday May 28, 2012 at 5pm. A formal invitation will be going out in the next few weeks, but we thought you would like to be alerted to the date well in advance. We do very much hope that you will be able to come. If there is anyone you think would like to attend, please let one of us have their name and contact details.
Also, we are planning a display of photos of John for the memorial on May 28th. Please send any you wish to include to ericshanes1@gmail.com.
With very best wishes,
Eric Shanes – ericshanes1@gmail.com
Alex Potts – adpotts@umich.edu

The Sydney Morning Herald Obituary

ArtHist Obit

Guardian Obituary


Arq. Emilia Rabuini, dies May 15, 2010

A Loss in the Argentine Color Community

Dear friends,

It is with deep sorrow that I have to tell you that our colleague, Emilia Rabuini, died on May 15, 2010, at a young age, after a short and fulminant illness.

Some of you may remember Emilia from her oral presentation in AIC 2008 in Stockholm, where she exposed her research on the historical colors of La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Emilia was currently a member of the executive committee of the Argentine Color Group, as well as a member of the
organizing committee of the next AIC Interim Meeting “Color and Food” to be held in Mar del Plata city.

She graduated as architect at the University of Buenos Aires, where she was also a teacher during some time. Following her inclinations as educator, she founded and directed the Pampa Center for Design, where color courses were usually taught in the context of architecture, interior design, and related professions.

We will remember Emilia for her projects, her paintings, her work related to the patrimonial chromatic values of La Boca district, and most of all, for her marvelous qualities as a human being.

Attached in the PDF, pictures of Emilia with some people in AIC 2008, Stockholm.

Jose Luis Caivano
SI-FADU-UBA, Ciudad Universitaria Pab. 3 piso 4
C1428BFA Buenos Aires, Argentina
office (54-11) 4789-6289, home 4702-6009, caivano@fadu.uba.ar
AIC website: www.aic-color.org
AIC 2010 Color and food, www.aic2010.org
AIC 2011 Interaction of color & light, www.aic2011.org
AIC Color 2013, www.aic2013.org

The International Colour Community Has Lost a Member

Emilia Rabuini was a member of the AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design, since 2008. At the Congress of the Argentine Colour Group (GAC) in 2004, she attracted my attention with her interesting talk on colour schemes conceived for buildings in La Boca district, a research she had carried out to restore the palette applied by the artist Benito Quinquela Martín. Thereafter in 2006 I visited Emilia in her school Centro Pampa in Buenos Aires and learned about her engagement as a passionate teacher, director and mother. As well, I met her in Mexico when we had the chance to teach a colour workshop for architectural, design and art students, organised by Comex. On October 16th, 2007, Emilia came to Paris to introduce her work to the members of ad chroma. And in 2008 I met her – for the last time – in Stockholm at the AIC Meeting. At the end of her talk she unfolded the colour palette she had recently published. I took a picture of her at this very moment, an eternal moment.

My condolences to her family and friends.
Deep in grief,

Verena M. Schindler
Chair of the AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design


Anders Hård (1922-2009)

The Swedish colour researcher Anders Hård, who served as the first chairman of the AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design from 1982 to 1988, died on March 6th. He was 86.
He also was AIC Executive Committee Member 1982-1985.

The Chair of the ECD Study Group is sad to announce that the Swedish colour researcher Anders Hård, who served as the first chairman of the AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design from 1982 to 1988, died on March 6th. He was 86. He was a remarkable person and pivotal figure.

Dr. h.c. Anders Hård was an internationally renowned and influential colour expert, who promoted colour research on the basis of phenomenological and psychological phenomena. His capacity to analyse, evaluate and synthesize the elements and terms in the process of addressing theoretical and practical colour issues was underscored by his natural sense of curiosity, visionary enthusiasm and innovative sensibility. He played a noteworthy and highly successful role in the development of the Natural Colour System, as well as in the consolidation and leadership of the International Colour Association (AIC).