Harold Adler, a semiretired architect, died Tuesday of leukemia at his Pikesville home. He was 77.
Mr. Adler was born in Baltimore and raised on Cottage Avenue and Auchentoroly Terrace. He was a 1946 graduate of City College.
He earned a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951 and a bachelor's degree in architecture from Catholic University of America in Washington in 1958.
A former Bolton Hill resident, Mr. Adler began his career in Washington in 1958 working for the architectural firm of Keys, Lethbridge & Condon. He then worked for Chapman Miller Architects, also in Washington, from 1960 to 1964.
In 1964, he co-founded Adler Rosenthal Architects in Alexandria, Va. Seven years later, he joined Architects Group Practice in Alexandria, where he worked for two years until becoming a staff architect with Arthur Cotton Moore Associates in Washington.
From 1975 until 1980, he lived in Charleston, S.C., where he worked for several years for the Save Charleston Partnership on restoration projects. In 1978, he established Adler Associates, winning an award that year from the National Conference on Urban Design for his work on Charleston's Market Square.
He returned to Baltimore in 1980 and was employed as supervising architect by Pietro Belluschi Jung Brannen Associates during construction of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
He also designed the innovative Har Shalom Synagogue in Potomac, family members said.
Other local architectural firms he was associated with included Development Design Group and Ayers St. Gross.
In 1997, Mr. Adler founded Specwrite, a company that specializes in writing architectural specifications.
Mr. Adler was a member of Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., where services will be held at 9 a.m. today.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Alice Margolin; two sons, Aaron D. Adler of Brookfield, Vt., and Jonathan M. Adler of Australia; and a sister, Paula Williams of Baltimore.