Koch, Carl

Koch, Carl

(1912–1998)
Noted American architect who believed that the American lifestyle would be best served by a housing system that could be easily assembled, disassembled, and reconfigured. This passion led him to pioneer prefabrication technologies. His Techbuilt series of homes was designed to be built with prefabricated panels for the walls, floor, and roof. Notable projects include the Lewis Wharf Condominiums (1973), residential renovation of a Boston Waterfront granite warehouse that was built in 1840 on the site of Paul Revere’s silversmith shop and John Hancock’s warehouses. Progressive Architecture magazine gave him the unofficial title “The Grandfather of Prefab” in 1994. He outlined his experiences on prefabrication in a book that he wrote with Andy Lewis titled At Home with Tomorrow.