Imre Halasz (1925-2003) was an internationally renowned architect, urban planner, and teacher. Born and educated in Budapest, he came to the United States in 1957, joining the faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT where he taught for over forty years. In addition to a distinguished career as an educator, Halasz was a partner, with his brother Anthony, in a successful architectural firm based in Boston. Imre and Anthony Halasz, Inc. worked on private, institutional, and governmental projects domestically and internationally from 1957 to 1991.
The collection consists of Imre Halasz's personal and professional archive of papers, notes, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and journals. The collection also contains nearly 6,000 drawings, ranging from preliminary sketches through construction drawings, representing many of his projects including the Abt Associates Offices (Cambridge, MA, 1964), Don Bosco High School and Master Plan (Boston, MA, 1968-89), Saint John of Damascus Church (Dedham, MA, 1985), and urban revitalization and reconstruction in Santiago, Chile (1978) and Alessandria, Italy (1998). The processing and digitization of the collection was generously funded by the Imre Halasz Trust, established in 2007 to offer financial support for working architects to advance their professional interests through scholarly research and related projects.