San Diego architect Graham Downes died Sunday from injuries sustained during an assault on Friday. He was 56.
Police arrested Higinio Soriano Salgado, 31, on attempted murder charges, according to NBC 7 San Diego. The suspect, who is Downes' employee, is scheduled to be arraigned
Tuesday, and prosecutors may bring additional charges in light of
Well-known in the hospitality design industry, Downes designed local properties such as Tower23 Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, and Hotel Palomar, as well as Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Mexico. His retail design projects included Charles David, Quicksilver, Sauvage, and Patagonia. Downes also was recognized for his revitalization of neglected urban areas.
“Downes' capacity for work and the intensity he brought to the office
and the sports field are legendary, but it is for his vision, design
talent, generosity, and humanity that he will be remembered,” his firm, Graham Downes Architecture, said in a statement.
Downes arrived in San Diego in 1986 from Durban, South Africa, where he played rugby after graduating from the University of Natal with a degree in architecture. While working as an architect, he made a name for himself on the rugby field and went on to represent the United States in the 1987 Rugby World Cup. He began his architecture firm in 1994.