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Male, Switzerland/US, born 1903-10-18, died 1998-11-14

Associated with the firms network

Clark and Frey, Architects; Clark, Frey and Chambers, Architects; Clark, Frey and Williams, Architects; Frey and Chambers, Architects; Frey, Albert, Architect; Frey, Clark, Chambers and Williams, Associated Architects; Goodwin, Stone and Kocher, Associated Architects; Kocher and Frey, Architects

Professional History


Apprentice, A.J. Arter, Architect, Zurich, Switzerland, c. 1922-1924; Draftsman, Eggericx and Verwilghen, Brussels, Belgium, 1922; Draftsman, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Paris, France, 10/1928-07/14/1929.

Designer, A. Lawrence Kocher, New York, NY, 1930-1935, 1938; Designer, William Lescaze, Architect, New York, NY, 1931-1932; Partner, [William Porter] Clark and Frey, Designers, this tandem practiced under the authority of registered California architects, Van Pelt and Lind, Pasadena, CA, 1935-1937; Designer, Philip Goodwin, Architect, New York, NY, 04/1937-1939.

Partner, [John Porter] Clark and Frey, Architects, Palm Springs, CA, 1939-1952; Partner, Clark, Frey and [Robson] Chambers, Architects, Palm Springs, CA, 1952-1957; Partner, Frey and Chambers, Architects, Palm Springs, CA, 1957-1966. Principal, Albert Frey, Architect, c. 1966-1995.

Professional Acitivities

As noted in 1955, Frey was a Registered Architect in the State of California.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).


Archival documents on Albert Frey housed at the Architecture and Design Collection of the University Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB);



Dipl., Institute of Technology, Winterthur, Switzerland, 09/1925-02/1927; Frey worked on construction jobs during school vacations;



Born in Zurich Switzerland, Frey came to the United States c. 1930, settling first in New York, NY. He came west c. 1933 and stayed in Palm Springs, CA, for most of his career, dying in 1998.

Frey was buried in the Welwood Murray Cemetery, Palm Springs, CA.


Frey married Marion Cook, a writer living in New York, NY, c. 1938; they divorced in 1945.

Associated Locations

  • Zurich, Switzerland (Architect's Birth)
    Zurich, Switzerland

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    Palm Springs, CA

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PCAD id: 178

1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Palm Springs, CA1956-1957Palm SpringsCA
Alpha Beta Supermarket, Palm Springs, CA1960Palm SpringsCA
Ballantine Movie Colony Inn, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Brandenstein, H.U., House, Palm Springs, CA1935Palm SpringsCA
Carey-Pirozzi House, Palm Springs, CA1956Palm SpringsCA
City of Banning, Public Library, Banning, CA1955BanningCA
City of Palm Springs, City Hall, Palm Springs, CA1952-1957Palm SpringsCA
City of Palm Springs, Fire Department, Station #1, Palm Springs, CA1955Palm SpringsCA
Clark and Frey Architectural Office, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Cotton House Project
Cree House #1
Cree House #2, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, CACathedral City, Palm SpringsCA
Darien Guild House ProjectDarienCT
Downyflake Donuts Shop Project
Farwell House, Newport Beach, CA1935-1936Newport BeachCA
Frey, Albert House #2, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Frey, Albert, House #1, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Guthrie House, Palm Springs, CA1935Palm SpringsCA
Halberg House, Palm Springs, CA1936Palm SpringsCA
Kellogg Studio, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Kocher-Samson Building, Palm Springs, CA1934Palm SpringsCA
La Siesta Court, Palm Springs, CA1936Palm SpringsCA
Loewy, Raymond, House, Palm Springs, CA1946-1947Palm SpringsCA
Mason House, Palm Springs, CA1937Palm SpringsCA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYNew YorkNY
New York World's Fair, Swiss Pavilion Project, New York, NYNew YorkNY
Nichols Building, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Palm Springs Unified School District, Finchy, Katherine, Elementary School, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Premiere Apartments, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Ralph - Barbarin House, Stamford, CT
Saint Paul's in the Desert, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Salton City Master Plan1958Salton CityCA
Samson Office BuildingPalm SpringsCA
San Gorgonio Hospital, Banning, CA1950BanningCA
San Jacinto Hotel, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Sieroty House, Palm SpringsPalm SpringsCA
Smoke Tree Ranch Housing Development, Palm Springs, CASmoketree Ranch, Palm SpringsCA
Tramway Gas Station, Palm Springs, CAPalm SpringsCA
Tramway Valley Station, Palm Springs, CA1949-1963Palm SpringsCA
University of California, Riverside, Administration Building, Riverside, CARiversideCA
Villa HermosaPalm SpringsCA
Vista Colorado Elementary School, Needles, CA1951NeedlesCA