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Male, US, born 1911-06-03, died 1971-04

Associated with the firms network

Decker and Christenson, Architects; Decker, Christenson and Kitchin, Architects and Engineers; Decker, Christenson and Smith, Architects; Decker, Kolb and Stansfield, Architects; Decker, Ralf E., Architect; McClelland and Jones, Architects

Professional History


Junior Draftsman, McClelland and Jones, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1935: Draftsman, J. Lister Holmes, Seattle, WA, c. 1937; Senior Draftsman, Young and Richardson, Seattle, WA, c. 1939; Principal, Ralf E. Decker, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1941- Partner, Decker and Christenson, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1950-1955; Partner, Decker, Christenson and Kitchin, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1956-1958; Partner, Decker, Christenson and Smith, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1959; Waldo B. Christenson died in 1959. Principal, Ralf E. Decker, AIA, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1959-1967; Partner, Decker, Kolb and Stansfield, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1967-1971.

Professional Service

Completed 15-week course, Camouflage School, Camouflage Division, Office of Civilian Defense, University of Washington, 10-12/1942. First Vice-President, American Institute of Architects, Washington State Chapter, c. 1953. President, University of Washington (UW) Architectural Alumni Association, 1956. When surveyed in 1962 and 1970, Decker indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the States of AK, ID, OR, and WA. Decker served on the State of Washington Architectural Registration Board, 1965-1970.



B.Arch., University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA, 1934; the American Architects Directory, 1962, indicated that Decker graduated from UW in 1935.



Ralf Decker married Elizabeth Hill in Seattle, WA, on 04/18/1936.


The architect Jon Hill Decker (b. 1941) was the son of Ralf and Elizabeth Hill Decker.

Biographical Notes

Ralf Decker died at age 60 of a heart attack. SSN: 534-09-6379.

Associated Locations

  • Duluth, MN (Architect's Birth)
    Duluth, MN

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PCAD id: 2614