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Male, US, born 1929-07-13

Associated with the firms network

Bull Field Volkmann Stockwell, Architects; Bull Stockwell Allen Architects; Bull Volkmann Stockwell, Architects; Bull, Henrik, Architect; Corbett, Mario F., Architect

Professional History

Summer intern and draftsman, Marion Corbett, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1954; Architect, Oakland, CA, 1954-1956; Principal, Henrik Bull, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1956-1967; Partner, Bull, Field, Volkmann, Stockwell, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1967- ; Partner, Bull Volkmann Stockwell, Architects, San Francisco, CA; Partner, Bull Stockwell Allen, San Francisco, CA; Partner, Bull Stockwell Allen and Ripley, Architects, San Francisco, CA; Partner, Bull Stockwell Allen (BSA), Architects, San Francisco, CA.

Early on, Bull became known for his mountain cabins, many in an A-frame structure, often used for skiing vacations.

Award of Merit for Multifamily Housing, Homes for Better Living Awards Program, American Institute of Architects (AIA) and House and Home Magazine, 1977. Firm Award, AIA California Council, 1989.


B.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1952; he began as an aeronautical engineering major and changed to architecture in about 1949. Bull attended MIT at the same time that San Franciscan William W. Wurster (1895-1973) served as Dean of the Department of Architecture. Portland, OR, architect Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994) followed Wurster in 1951. At MIT, Bull would have been exposed to many forms of Modernism, including the woodsy Bay Region brand advocated by Wurster. MIT had a star faculty while Bull attended, including Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), the great Finnish architect who taught there while supervising his Baker Dormitory's construction (1947-1948), Ralph Rapson (1914-2008), who went on to a long career at the University of Minnesota, and Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), the "futurist," who began designing rationalized approaches to housing, construction and transportation in the 1920s. Working at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, Bull collaborated with Fuller to produce geodesic domes for an Air Force radar system on the Alaskan Territory's North Slope.


Bull was born and raised by Norwegian immigrant parents in New York, NY. He moved to San Francisco, CA, to work with Mario Corbett (1901-1977) in 1954 and remained here.

His parents were Johan Bull (1893–1945), who illustrated items for the New Yorker beginning in 1925, and Sonja Geelmuyden Bull (1898–1992). Henrik was their only child.

Married c. 1955.

Associated Locations

  • New York, NY (Architect's Birth)
    New York, NY

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PCAD id: 1819