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Male, US, born 1922-04-02, died 2016-09-18

Associated with the firms network

Bassetti and Morse, Architects; Lovett, Wendell H., Architect; The Artists and Architects Group (TAAG)

Professional History


Draftsman, Naramore, Brady, Bain and Johanson (NBBJ), Seattle, WA, 1946 and 1948.

Designer/Associate, Bassetti and Morse, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1948-1951.

Principal, Wendell Lovett, Architect, 1951- c. 2003. In 1982, Lovett operated his office at 94 Pike Street, Seattle.


Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Department of Architecture, 1948-1951; Assistant Professor of Architecture, UW, Seattle, 1951-1960; Associate Professor of Architecture, UW, Seattle, 1960-1965; Professor of Architecture, UW, Seattle, 1965-1984; Professor Emeritus, UW, Seattle, 1984-present.

Guest Professor, Techincal University, Stuttgart, Germany, 1959-1960, taught with Rolf Gutbrod (1910-1999). In a reciprocal arrangement with the UW, Gutbrod taught as the Walker-Ames Visiting Professor at the University of Washington in 1963.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects, Seattle, Chapter.

Program Chairman,15th Annual Northwest Regional Conference of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 10/23/1966-10/27/1966 held in Seattle, WA. Lovett invited the following speakers for this event: William W. Caudill, August Heckscher, Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Charles M. Nes, Jr., Jan Lubicz-Nycz amd Robert Pitts.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1978. Lovett was named the AIA Seattle Medallist, 1993.

Inductee, University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Roll of Honor, Seattle, WA, 10/18/2005.


Lovett's papers and drawings were deposited at the University of Washington Libraries, Department of Special Collections in 2010.


High School / College

Graduate, Queen Anne High School, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, 1940.

B.Arch., University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA, 1941-1943, 1946-1947. A three-day sketch project done during Lovett's senior year entitled "Proposed Outdoor Theatre for the University Arboretum Society," appeared in the 1943-1946 Year Book of the School of Architecture at the University of Washington, np, 1946. Lovett was a frat brother in the UW Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity of Seattle architect Gene Zema (1926-2021).

M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 09/1947-06/1948.



Born in Seattle, WA, Lovett attended high school and college in his hometown.

During World War II, he served with the 13th Armored Division in TX and Southern CA before being transferred to the European theatre. He returned to the U.S. in 1946 coming back to live for one year in Seattle, He attended graduate school in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, in 1947.

Aside from vacations and teaching exchanges--most notably in Stuttgart, Germany, during 1959-1960--Lovett resided in Seattle for his whole life.

Lovett passed away in Seattle, WA, at the age of 94.


His father, Wallace H. Lovett, operated the family roofing company.

His mother, Pearl, maintained the household. Wendell was an only child. Wallace and Pearl Lovett resided at 3273 Conkling Place in Seattle in 1951. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1951, p. 781.)


Wendell Lovett married Eileen Whitson (1921-2008) on 09/03/1947 in Seattle. She was an accomplished dancer when Lovett met her.


Wendell and Eileen Lovett had two daughters, Corrie and Clare Lovett (d. 02/16/2023), both born in Seattle.

Biographical Notes

Lovett traveled to Europe in 1959; Lovett designed 9 residences during his first decade of independent practice, 1951-1961.

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