Male, born 1921-03-25, died 1996-01-18

Associated with the firms network

Holmes, J. Lister, and Associates, Architects; Jones and Bindon, Architects; Reichert, Robert, Architect


Professional History

Resume

Draftsman, Clyde W. Smith, Architect, Minneapolis, MN, c. 1939. Draftsman, Jones and Bindon, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1947-1949; Designer, J. Lister Holmes, Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1951-1953.

Principal, Robert G. Reichert, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1951-

State architectural historian Michael Houser has noted that Reichert had an exhibition of his work in Downtown Seattle in the late 1950s: "In 1959, Frederick & Nelson’s downtown Seattle department store displayed drawings of Reichert’s Seattle and Western Washington houses. The display was sponsored by the local chapter of the AIA, and featured his concepts on windows as “elements of light diffusion and transparency.” He described his designs as “romantic rather than functional . . . sculptural in form and traditional in mannerism.” (See "Robert G. Reichert,"Accessed 06/14/2012.)

Education

College

B.Arch., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1939-1941, 1945-1947; Coursework, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, c. 1950; M.Arch., Harvard University, Cambridge, MN, 1952.

Personal

Relocation

Reichert resided in Minneapolis, MN, as a youth, where he became interested in Christian Science church architecture and the organ music played within them. Many architects through the ages have had a dual fascination with music and architecture. He stayed in MN for his undergraduate education, but moved to Cambridge, MA, to obtain and Master's of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Architecture (MIT) in Cambridge. Soon thereafter, he indulged his love of organ music by studying at the Royal College of Organists in London.

Reichert obtained his architectural license in WA in 07/1948, beginning his professional career in Seattle. He was one of only 12 to pass the week-long architectural exams in that year. (This information came from Jeff Murdock who has done extensive work on Reichert's career, and completed a Master's Thesis on him in 12/2016.)

Reichert was an unorthodox individual, with strong opinions, ideas that he shared with occasional classes at the University of Washington during the 1960s until 1979.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 476-18-5268;


PCAD id: 3183