Paul's passion for architecture began with an elective course during his senior year of high school. What was meant to fill credit hours became a catalyst for the creative seed within this young, brilliant mind. His collegiate career began at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, following a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps, including a deployment to Iraq. It was there that he began developing his craft in preparation for transfer to the School of Architecture upon completion of his associate’s degree in May 2012.
Once a Marine, always a Marine. Paul, on several occasions, supported the Marine Corps Toys for Tots annual drive on his beloved Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary edition Softail Deuce and stayed connected to post-military life with the Illini Veterans club. His dream-driven pursuit of excellence led to several accolades, including membership in the Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society, second-place ranking in his graduating class, and a graduate teaching assistant position for the fall 2014 semester.
He will be remembered for his wit among friends and wisdom in the classroom. His presence on campus and in life was big: a shining light with a kind and generous heart, quick to lend a hand and help others succeed. We have lost our Paul, but heaven has gained an amazing architect.
"I wish to bring to the field a level of craft that is in large part lacking today as technology and efficiency seem to be the champions of architecture. Fundamentally, it is my ambition that drives my research interests and as it applies to my education and career, success will be found in the details of my choices."
—Paul W. Davidson III
His family, along with classmates and colleagues, are honoring his memory and life by establishing the Paul W. Davidson III Memorial Scholarship Fund in the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The fund, established with the University of Illinois Foundation, will allow the School of Architecture to award a scholarship to promising architecture students who have financial need. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.