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Male, born 1924-04-17, died 2020-11-21

Associated with the firms network

Rogers, Frederick J., Architect; Streissguth, Daniel, Architect; The Artists and Architects Group (TAAG); Thiry, Paul, AIA, Architect; Zema and Streissguth, Associated Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Employee, Mercantile Company, Monroe, WA, c. 1942. He worked in his parent's store in 06/1942. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Washington, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 172, acccesed 12/01/2020.)

US Military Service, World War II, 1943-1945.

Draftsman, Fred J. Rogers, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1948.

Designer, Paul Thiry, Sr., Architect, Seattle, WA, 1949-1953.

Streissguth became a Registered Architect in the State of WA in 1951.

Principal, Daniel M. Streissguth, Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1958-1950. In 1958, Streissguth had an office at 1623 North Broadway in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1958, p. 214 and Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1960,p. 221.) In addition to teaching, Streissguth maintained a small, outside practice, doing mostly residential work. His obituary stated: "The majority of his work was residential, both new and remodels. In total there are some 70+ projects." (See Seattle Times.com, "Daniel M. Streissguth, April 17, 1924 - November 21, 2020," published 11/26/2020, accessed 12/01/2020.)

Teaching

Design Studio Critic, Boston Architectural Center (BAC), Boston, MA, 1948-1949.

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO, 09/1953-06/1955.

Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 09/1955- . Of his time in the Department of Architecture at UW, his obituary indicated that his work consisted mainly of "...teaching ...as a design studies critic in classes for beginners, [and] surviving in two separate 4-year terms as Department Chair. His retirement came in 1992." (See Seattle Times.com, "Daniel M. Streissguth, April 17, 1924 - November 21, 2020," published 11/26/2020, accessed 12/01/2020.)

Associate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA.

Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, -1983.

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1983-2020.

Chairman, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Department of Architecture, Seattle, WA, 1965-1969.

Chairman, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Department of Architecture, Seattle, WA, 1977-1982.

Professional Activities

Recipient, sabbatical leaves of absence, University of Washington, Seattle, for study and travel in Turkey, Sicily and England, 1970-1971.

Streissguth authored a "Detailed Syllabus for Year-Long Introductory Architectural Design Studios Department of Architecture" at UW, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1972.

Recipient, sabbatical leaves of absence, University of Washington, Seattle, for study and travel in France 1980-1981.

Professional Awards

Recipient, Fulbright Lectureship, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, winter 1981.

Recipient, Fulbright Lectureship, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria, winter 1981.

Recipient, Fulbright Lectureship, University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria, winter 1981.

Education

College

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 09/1941-1943, 1946-06/1948. Streissguth matriculated in the UW Department of Architecture in 09/1941. He was a member of Atelier, the student architectural organization, according to the 1948 UW Yearbook, The Tyee, (p. 96). After completing his undergraduate degree at the UW, Streissguth took one year off. (See email from Professor Jeffrey Karl Ochsner to the author, 12/01/2020. Thank you to Prof. Ochsner for his detailed chronology of Streissguth's education.)

M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 09/1949-c. 06/1950. Streissguth attended MIT a year after the Seattle architect Wendell H. Lovett (1922-2016). Lovett, was also a graduate of the UW, and was about a year ahead of Streissguth there, too. He would go on to teach with Lovett for many years on the staff of the UW's Department of Architecture, and collaborated with him in the The Artists and Architects Group activities.

A sophomore project by Dan Streissguth entitled "Tea Shop and Lending Library on Whidbey Island," appeared in the 1943-1946 Year Book of the School of Architecture at the University of Washington, np, 1946.

College Awards

Streissguth was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (elected 03/1948) and Tau Sigma Delta, the national honor society in architecture and allied arts, at the UW.

Two of his student drawings are preserved in the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division's Student Drawings Collection.

Personal

Relocation

Born in Everett, WA, Daniel M. Streissguth spent his early years in Monroe, WA, where his father, Edmund Streissguth, had a grocery business, and was a civic leader. In the 1930s, Edmund served as Chairman of the Monroe Unified High School District, and was its head when the Monroe Middle School was completed in 09/1939.

The US Census of 1930 reported that Daniel lived with his family at 522 South Lewis Street in Monroe, WA. The Streissguths owned their own residence, estimated to be worth $3,000, which was right in line with neighboring house values. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Monroe, Snohomish, Washington; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0096; FHL microfilm: 2342254, accessed 10/02/2018.) The Streissguths continued to reside on South Lewis Street in 1940. Daniel was either a freshman or sophomore in high school at this time. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Monroe, Snohomish, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04360; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 31-124, accessed 10/02/2018.) His permanent address continued to be with his parents in Monroe in 06/1942.

Streissguth matriculated at the University of Washington (UW) in the fall of 1941, his studies to be interrupted by World War II. At the UW, he enrolled in the architecture curriculum and required reserve officer training courses (ROTC), preparing him to be drafted in 1943. His Seattle Times.com obituary stated of his military service in World War II: "He was called to active duty in the spring of 1943, assigned to Infantry Basic Training in Texas. He went from there to Army Specialized Training at Rutgers University and New York University, ultimately assigned to the Medical Corps at an army hospital in the Bronx, New York." (See Seattle Times.com, "Daniel M. Streissguth, April 17, 1924 - November 21, 2020," published 11/26/2020, accessed 12/01/2020.)

Following his time in the Medical Corps, the architect returned to the UW to complete his undergraduate training in architecture, where he graduated in 1948. He then moved to Cambridge, MA, to enroll in the Masters of Architecture program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 1948 and 1950. After finishing at MIT, he again returned to Seattle, where he worked in the offices of architects Fred Rogers (in 1948) and Paul Thiry, Sr., (1949-1953).

Over many years, Streissguth lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, where he constructed a remarkable garden on a lot next to his residence, beginning in 1972. He also purchased a small apartment building across the street from his house, from which he and his family derived income.

He passed away at the age of 96 at his residence in Seattle. He was buried at Lakeview Cemetery.

Parents

His father, Edmund Herman Streissguth (born 12/12/1895 in Arlington, MN-d. 01/05/1942 in Monroe, WA), worked as a retail grocer in Monroe, WA, during the 1920s and 1930s. By 1940, the US Census indicated that Edmund was the co-owner of a grocery store in Monroe. During World War I, Edmund served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army's 337th Field Artillery unit.

His mother was Lucile Alice Michener (born 01/06/1895 in Forestville, MN-d. 09/30/1992 in Monroe, WA). In 1930, Lucile managed the household, raising her two sons.

Daniel had a brother, Richard Theodore Streissguth (born 02/21/1929 in Monroe, WA-d. 12/14/2015 in Vancouver, WA.) He resided in Vancouver, WA, from the 1950s until his death.

Spouse

He married Ann Roth Pytkowicz on 12/20/1968 in Seattle, WA. She was 36 at the time of her marriage, and was a former neighbor of Daniel Streissguth's in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Ann Pytkowicz Streissguth worked as a UW Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and was the Director of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, University of Washington, Seattle (UW). She developed an international reputation for her pioneering research on fetal alcohol syndrome. Her 1973 article, co-written with Kenneth L. Jones, David W. Smith and Christy N.Ulleland, “Pattern of Malformation in Offspring of Chronic Alcoholic Mothers,” in The Lancet proved to be a ground-breaking publication. (See Pattern of Malformation in Offspring of Chronic Alcoholic Mothers,” The Lancet, vol. 301, no. 7815, 06/09/1973, pp. 1267-1271.)

Children

Daniel and Ann had one son, Benjamin Streissguth, who studied landscape architecture at the UW.

Biographical Notes

His World War II draft registration card listed Streissguth as being Caucasian with a light complexion, standing 6-feet, 2-inches tall, and weighing 172 pounds. He had blue eyes and brown hair on 06/30/1942. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Washington, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 172, acccesed 12/01/2020.)



Associated Locations

  • Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA (Architect's Death)
    900 East Blaine Street
    Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98102

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  • Everett, WA (Architect's Birth)
    Everett, WA


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