born 09/18/1920, died 03/24/1995

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Kennard, Robert A., AIA

Professional History

Kennard, along with Casey K. Jenkins, Arthur H. Silvers, and John D. Williams composed a second generation of African-American architects working in Los Angeles, CA, primarily after World War II.


Born in Los Angeles, Kennard remained his whole life in the city. His last residence was in the 90068 zip code of Los Angeles, CA.

His mother's maiden name was Bryan.

"Robert A. Kennard was born on September 18, 1920 in Los Angeles, Calif. and received an A.A. from Pasadena Junior College in 1940 and a B.Arch. from University of Southern California in 1949. His career shows a steady rise from draftsman (as early as 1940) through architect, to owner, partner and principal in various architectural and design firms. He has been responsible for numerous major projects in California (mostly Southern Calif.), is active in a number of programs and has received many honors and awards." Forms part of: Oral History collection, Dept. of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Los Angeles. Quotation, publication or reproduction permitted, subject to University policy. User must acknowledge the UCLA Department of Special Collections. Audio recordings also may be accessed in the UCLA Department of Special Collections by special arrangement. Summary: Kennard discusses his childhood, education, military experience and his architectural career in California. There is much discussion of Kennard's work in Richard Neutra's and Robert Alexander's firms, of his partnerships and then formation of the Kennard Design Group, of the buildings he designed and of his involvement in mentoring programs for minority architectural students." Orion 2 Record, 6/22/2004; SSN: 557-14-2399.

Associated Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Los Angeles, CA

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