Courtesy Kliment Halsband Architects

Robert Kliment, FAIA, co-founder of New York–based firm Kliment Halsband Architects (KHA) passed away in his home on June 3, according to his firm's website.

Known for his humanistic approach to architecture, Kliment's life—which began in Prague in 1933—was forever changed as a young child when humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton (affectionately known as the "British Schindler") orchestrated the safe passage of Kliment and over 600 hundred other mainly Jewish children over to England in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War.

Kliment went on to receive a B.A. in architecture from Yale in 1954, and after serving in the United States Army in Europe, returned to Yale to complete his M.Arch in 1959. Upon graduation, he was granted a Fulbright Fellowship that allowed him to "study the history and evolution of urban spaces in Italy," according to his firm page.

In 1960, Kliment joined Mitchell/Giurgola in Philadelphia, and opened its New York office shortly after, before he and his wife and partner Frances Halsband's, FAIA, founded their firm KHA in 1972. Kliment was part of the faculty at Columbia University as well as the University of Pennsylvania, and was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, MIT, Harvard, North Carolina State University, and Rice University.

Kliment's notable projects include leading the renovation of the Yale University Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (2009), repurposing the Dan M. Russell Jr. U.S. Courthouse (2003) in Mississippi, and restoring the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse and General Post Office (2006) in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1997, KHA won the prestigious AIA National Firm Award.