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Male, US, born 10/17/1925, died 04/04/2004

Associated with the firms network

Koenig, Pierre and Associates; Koenig, Pierre F., AIA, Architect


Professional History

Corporal, United Sates Army, 1943-1946; Draftsman, Raphael Soriano, AIA, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1950; Draftsman, Edward H. Fickett, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1950; Draftman, Jones and Emmons, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1950; Draftsman, Kistner, Wright and Wright, Architects, San Diego and Los Angeles, CA, c. 1950; Principal, Pierre Koenig, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1952-2004. Koenig built only 43 buildings in his career, but became highly influential through publicity generated by the Case Study House building program in the 1950s. He is considered one of the masters of steel frame residential construction in Southern California.

Associate Professor of Design, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 1962; Professor of Design, USC, Los Angeles, CA; Director, USC School of Architecture's Natural Forces Laboratory, a study-center for architecture and the environment, 1980-2004; an endowment in Koenig's name was started after his death at age 78 at the USC School of Architecture;

Koenig joined the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1958; When surveyed in 1962 and 1970, Koenig reported being a Registered Architect in the State of California.

Award of Merit, Homes for Better Living Awards, 1957; American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA Western Homes, 1959; Award of Merit, House and Home Magazine, 1960; Award of Merit, AIA Western Homes Awards, 1961. The California Council AIA bestowed on Koenig two awards in 1996: The Maybeck Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design, and The 25 Year Award for Case Study House #22. Fellow, AIA; he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award and Distinguished Professor Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, in 1998;

Education

Coursework, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; coursework, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA; B. Arch., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1952;

Honorary Member, Alpha Rho Chi Architectural Fraternity, 1948;

Personal

Born in San Francisco, CA, Pierre Koenig moved with his family to Los Angeles, CA, in 1939;

His father was a salesman in San Francisco, CA;

Pierre Koenig married Gloria Koenig;

Pierre Koenig had two sons, Randall and Jean Pierre and two stepsons, Barry and Thomas Kaufman.



Associated Locations

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

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    Koenig died at his Brentwood house, 12221 Dorothy Street, of leukemia;

  • San Francisco, CA (Architect's Birth)
    San Francisco, CA

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PCAD id: 689


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