Male, US, born 1908-03-28, died 1988-01-09

Associated with the firms network

Ain and Agron, Associated Architects; Ain and Boyd, Associated Architects; Ain, Gregory, Architect; Ain, Johnson and Day, Architects; Neutra, Richard J., Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Draftsman, B. Marcus Priteca, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1929-1930. Ain worked for Priteca at the time he was designing the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Collaborator, Richard J. Neutra, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1933-1935.

Principal, Gregory Ain, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1935-1944.

Ain associated with Charles and Ray Eames in the formation of the Plyformed Wood Company in Los Angeles's Venice neighborhood, in 1942. Plyformed got a needed cash infusion from the Detroit-based Evans Products Company which took a majority stake in the Eames start-up. (See the Vitra Design Museum link below.)

Chief Engineer, Evans Products Company, Moulded Plywood Division, Los Angeles, CA, 1944-1945. Ain worked on the famous molded plywood chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames with the Evans Products Company. According to the Vitra Design Museum: "In 1943, a portentous meeting took place between Charles Eames and Edward S. Evans: Eames was in search of financing for the Plyformed Wood Company, which he had founded in 1942 with John Entenza, Harry Bertoia, Gregory Ain, and others in Venice, Los Angeles. The company was contracted by the US Army to produce three-dimensional, moulded plywood leg splints for war invalids. Evans took over the company, renamed it the Molded Plywood Division and placed Eames at the helm of research and development. The subcontractor in Venice started production of splints and stretchers and conducted intensive research into the use of moulded plywood parts in aircraft construction. Before the end of World War II, the group associated with Eames also began to develop furniture and children’s toys made of moulded plywood, which were briefly produced starting in 1945 in Venice, and distributed by Herman Miller." (See Vitra Design Museum.de.com, "Evans Products Company, Molded Plywood Division, Venice, California, United States," accessed 03/08/2018.)

Partner, Ain, Johnson and Day, Architects, Los Angeles, CA.

Principal, Gregory Ain, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1955.

Visiting Critic, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 1949-63; Director, Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1963-67;

House Beautiful Award, 1937; 1938 House Beautiful Award, House of the Year Award, Edwards House, Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh Plate Glass Award, 1938; House Beautiful Award for a house, Los Angeles, CA, 1940; Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1940; Guggenheim Fellowship for study of low-cost housing, 1940, one of 66 Americans and 7 Canadians to receive the prize in that year; the Guggenheim Fellowship paid Ain $2,500, enough money to support him for one year to do his research on small house design in Southern California.

Archival documents on Gregory Ain housed at the Architecture and Design Collection of the University Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Education

Physics coursework, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Westwood, Los Angeles, CA; architecture coursework, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA.

Personal

Ain was born in PA, and died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 79.

He married Agnes Budin in 1929, divorced; married Ruth March, 1938. (The American Architects Directory, 1955, p. 4, indicated that he was married in 1940.)

He had two children, Emily and Christopher.

SSN: 565-24-4301; Ain would have worked with Charles and Ray Eames while at the Evans Products Company, c. 1944.



Associated Locations

  • Pittsburgh, PA (Architect's Birth)
    Pittsburgh, PA

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    Gregory Ain

PCAD id: 39


NameDateCityState
Ain, Gregory, House, West Hollywood, CA1941West HollywoodCA
Avenel Housing Group, Los Angeles, CA1947-1948Los AngelesCA
Beard, William, House, Altadena, CA1935AltadenaCA
Becker House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA1938Los AngelesCA
Beckman, A.O., House, Los Angeles, CA1938Los AngelesCA
Brownfield Medical Building, Inglewood, CA1938InglewoodCA
Byler House, Los Angeles, CA1937Los AngelesCA
Daniel, Urcel, House, Los Angeles, CA1939Los AngelesCA
Dunsmuir Flats, Los Angeles, CA1937Los AngelesCA
Edwards, Charles H. House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA1936Los AngelesCA
Ernst, A.A., House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA1937Los AngelesCA
Feldman House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA1953Silver Lake, Los AngelesCA
Garden Apartments, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1946Los AngelesWA
General Electric Company (GE), 1935 House Competition, Project1935
Hurshler House, Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA1950PasadenaCA
Lamm, Archie, House #1, Project1929
Lamm, Archie, House #2 Project1935Los AngelesCA
Mar Vista House, Mar Vista, Los Angeles, CALos AngelesCA
Orans House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA1941Silver Lake, Los AngelesCA
Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA1929-1930Hollywood, Los AngelesCA
Park Planned Homes Tract, Altadena, CA1945-1946AltadenaCA
Rush City Air Transfer Project1930
Scheyer, Galka, House, Los Angeles, CA1933Los AngelesCA
Shairer House, Los Angeles, CA1949Los AngelesCA
Tierman House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA1938-1939Silver Lake, Los AngelesCA
Wilfong, John, House, Los Angeles, CA1952Los AngelesCA
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