In Memoriam: Roy Viklund, Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Longtime NIRSA Associate Member Roy V. Viklund, AIA, passed away June 13, 2005, after a long illness. In a career that spanned more than thirty years, Roy was a leader in the design industry in the creation of recreation and athletic facilities for colleges and universities. His work has been recognized by numerous awards, including a NIRSA Outstanding Indoor Sports Facilities Award in 2002 for Loyola College of Maryland's Fitness and Aquatic Center. Roy was also a frequent speaker at NIRSA's Annual Conferences and a prolific author on sports and recreation center design.
Born in Watertown, MA, and a graduate of the Boston Architectural Center, Roy was a Principal at Sasaki Associates, Inc., and Director of the firm's Sports Facility Design Group from 1985 to 2003. His career included the direction of more than 150 college and university athletic and recreational facility projects, such as Boston College's Silvio Conte Forum; Brandeis University's Sports and Convocation Center; the Whittemore Arena at the University of New Hampshire, and most recently, the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center for Johns Hopkins University, the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center for the U.S. Military Academy.
With Roy as a leader and mentor, Sasaki has become firmly established as a national leader in sports master planning and design. David Dymecki, Principal-in-Charge of Sasaki's Sports Group, states, "We are saddened by the loss of a very close friend and take great pride in the opportunity and responsibility to continue his legacy. We will always be inspired by his enthusiasm and his passion for his work and for those who worked with him."