Male, US, born 1905-06-25, died 1983-03-05

Associated with the firms network

Bolles, John S., and Associates, Architects; Ward and Bolles, Architects

Professional History


Partner, Edward G. Bolles and John S. Bolles, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1936-1939.

Partner, Ward and Bolles, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1945-1950.

Principal, John S. Bolles, A California Corporation, San Francisco, CA, 1950- .

Professional Activities

Bolles passed the California State Architectural License Examination in 1941, obtaining CA License #C379.

Secretary, American Institute of Architects (AIA), San Francisco Chapter, Chapter Officers' Organization, 01/1947-01/1948.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1963.


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1926-1930;

Austin Scholar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1926-1930;



Born in Berkeley, CA, Bolles died in Sonoma County, CA, at the age of 77.


His father was architect, Edward G. Bowles, with whom he practiced from 1936-1939.

Biographical Notes

Bolles had an interest in archaeology, and participated in excavations in the Yucatan, Mexico and in Persepolis, Iran; Bolles recruited a young Harvard architecture student, Eliot Noyes (1910-1977), (who later become a renowned architect and product designer), to make the trip to Persepolis with him as an additional draftsman, recording the dig.

His name was erroneously written "John D. Bolles" in at least one periodical.

SSN: 558-18-7296.

Associated Locations

  • Berkeley, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Berkeley, CA

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PCAD id: 165