Male, born 1922-04-27, died 2012-06-12

Associated with the firms network

Blurock, William E., and Associates, Architects; Pleger, Blurock, Hougan and Ellerbroek, Architects

Professional History

During World War II, Blurock flew a P-38 Mustang Fighter for the US Army Air Corps, as part of the 82d Operations Group. The 82nd flew missions over North Africa, Italy and Central Europe, achieving a high rate of success protecting bombers and winning dogfights. Blurock Partner, Pleger, Blorock, Hougan and Ellerbroek, Architects, Orange County, CA, 1952-1959; Leslie Berkman wrote of this partnership in the Los Angeles Times: "[William] Blurock recalled that when he moved to Orange County as a fledgling architect in 1947, he mostly designed houses. 'All the big jobs went to architects in Los Angeles.' So Blurock said he 'ganged up' with a number of other Orange County architects to take on larger projects such as schools. A multi-architect firm was formed in 1953 that was called Pleger, Blurock, Hougan & Ellerbroek." (See Leslie Berkman, Los Angeles Times, 09/14/1986.) Partner, William E. Blurock and Associates, Architects; Principal, William Blurock Associates, Newport Beach, CA, 1960–1974; Principal, William Blurock and Partners, Newport Beach, CA, 1975–1982; Partner, The Blurock Partnership (TBP), Newport Beach, CA, 1983–1994; Founder, tBP/Architecture, Incorporated, Newport Beach, CA, 1995- ;

Director, American Institute of Architects (AIA), national organization, late 1970s. Governor Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) named Blurock to the California State Board of Architectural Examiners, Sacramento, CA, where serve a term of 13 years.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1968, named by the AIA College of Fellows "for outstanding contributions to the design and science of construction." His eldest son, Thomas, also was made an FAIA. Recipient, American Institute of Architects, Orange County Chapter's,(AIAOC) Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009.


Coursework, University of Florence, School of Architecture, Florence, Italy, c. 1946. B.Arch., University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 1947.


Born in Los Angeles, Blurock spent most of his life in Southern CA, save for his service during World War II and a period spent studying at the University of Florence just after the conflict's conclusion in 1945. He worked for a long period in Newport Beach, CA. Blurock died at age 90 due to complications from emergency surgery to repair a ruptured colon.

He had three children. His eldest son, Thomas Blurock, FAIA, became an architect who would become Managing Principal of Educational Architecture for the IBI Group in Los Angeles, CA, c. 2012.

Member, 82nd Fighter Group Association, 1945-2012.

Associated Locations

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

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