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Male, US, born 1923-06-29, died 2005-04-13

Associated with the firms network

INTEGRUS Architecture; WMFL Architects; Walker McGough Foltz Lyerla, Architects; Walker McGough Foltz Nixon, Architects; Walker McGough Foltz, Architects; Walker and Brooks, Associated Architects; Walker and McGough, Architects; Walker, Bruce M., Architect; Walker, McGough and Trogdon, Architects

Professional History


Lieutenant (j.g.), United States Navy, 1943-1946.

Draftsman, Bliss Moore, Architect, Seattle, WA, c. 1946.

Draftsman, E.J. Peterson, Architect, 1947.

Designer-Draftsman, McClure and Adkison, Architects, Spokane, WA, 1947-1948.

Designer-Draftsman, Glaser and Associates, Architects, Boston, MA, 1948-1949.

Draftsman, The Architects' Collaborative (TAC), Cambridge, MA, 1950. The Seattle architect Keith R. Kolb (1922-2019), who attended Harvard like Walker, also worked at TAC at the same time.

Principal, Bruce M. Walker, Architect, Spokane, WA, 1952-1953.

Associate, Bruce M. Walker and John W. McGough, Associated Architects, Spokane, WA, 1953-1955.

Partner, Walker, McGough and Trogdon, Archtiects, Spokane, WA, 1955-1960.

Partner, Walker and McGough, Architects, Spokane, WA, 1960-1969.

Partner, Walker, McGough, and [Walter W.] Foltz, Architects and Lyerla and Peden, Engineers, 1969- 1974.

Partner, WMFL Architects, Spokane, WA, 1974-1991. WMFL opened a Seattle office in 1986. (See, "Legacy," accessed 04/12/2019.)

Partner/Consultant, Integrus Architecture, PS, Spokane, WA, c. 1991-1996.

Professional Activities

President, Washington Arts Society, Spokane Chapter, 1955-1956.

When surveyed in 1962, Walker was a Registered Architect in MT and WA in 1962.

In 1970, Walker was a Registered Architect in AZ, ID, MT, OR, and WA, and was NCARB Certified.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1955-2005;

Member, AIA, Education Committee, 1967.

Member, City of Spokane City Planning Commission, 1968- .

Professional Awards

First Prize, Small House Competition, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Architectural Forum.

Elected to Scarab, Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA, 1964.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).


High School/College

Graduate, North Central High School, Spokane, WA, 1941. Walker competed in the high jump and broad jump for the North Central High track team and was on the school's golf team.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (began UW in 1941, his education interrupted by U.S. Naval service during World War II) graduated in 1947.

M.Arch., Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Cambridge, MA, 1950-1951.

College Awards

Recipient, Julia Armory Appleton Traveling Fellowship for study of architecture and city planning in Europe, Harvard University, 1951-1952. Walker, his wife and daughter spent about 10 months traveling in Europe between 08/1951 and 06/1952.



Bruce Morris Walker was born in Spokane, WA, and, aside from service in the US Navy during World War II, and two years spent in graduate school in MA, he spent his whole life here.

Between 1930 and 1933, Walker lived with his parents in the home of his maternal grandparents, George M. (born c. 1870 in MO) and Kate A. Sparks (born c. 1877 in MO), at 1418 North Adams Street in Spokane. (See (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Spokane, Spokane, Washington; Roll: 2516; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0031; FHL microfilm: 2342250, accessed 08/28/2017 and Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1933, p. 681.)

From at least 1935 until 1943, Bruce and his parents had a residence at West 1227 Maxwell Avenue in Spokane. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Spokane, Spokane, Washington; Roll: T627_4385; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 41-47, accessed 08/28/2017 and Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1943, p. 805.)

In 1945, Bruce, who was serving in the US Navy, lived with his parents at 514 17th Avenue in Spokane. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1945, p. 994.)

During his trip abroad in 1951-1952, Walker indicated a home address of 512 West Riverside Avenue in Spokane.

He and his wife, Ottile, lived at South 4217 Perry Street in Spokane in 1954. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1954, p. 878.)They resided at 1624 Crest Hill Drive in Spokane in 1956. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1956, p. 887.)

In 1993, Walker lived at 5217 South Perry Street, Spokane, WA. (See, Source Information U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 04/06/2019.) His last residence was in the 99223 zip code of Spokane, WA;


His father was Russell S. Walker (born c. 1902 in WA), his mother, Ann M. Sparks, (born c. 1903 in WA-d. 03/30/1978 in Spokane, WA). Russell Walker's parents both had been born in Russia, according to the US Census of 1930, while both of Ann's had come from MO. The couple married on 11/21/1922 in Kootenai County, ID. Bruce would be their only child.

Russell worked for a pawnbroker, S.H. Soss, at 517 Main Street, (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1928, p. 811.) According to the US Census of 1930, his father was employed as a securities salesman and his mother worked in the home. During the Depression years of 1933 and 1940, Russell managed a shoe store, the Savon Shoe Shop. Ann managed a women's dress shop in 1940. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Spokane, Spokane, Washington; Roll: T627_4385; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 41-47, accessed 08/28/2017.)

By 1941, Russell and Ann had gone into business together, owning a women's clothing store called Rusan's, Incorporated, at 512 Riverside Avenue, that was still in business in 1950.


He married Ottilie Marie Niederle, (born 03/20/1928 in Breslau, Czechoslovakia-d. 01/10/2014 in Rancho Mirage, CA) on 06/18/1947 in Seattle, WA. Ottilie filed for divorce in Lincoln County, WA, which was granted on 10/20/1970. She remarried Clarence I. "Cip" Paulsen, Jr., on 01/08/1972. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington, Reference Number: easpmcb49133,accessed 04/06/2019.) In 1995, she resided at 40280 Paseo Verde, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270-3335.


He and Ottilie had two daughters, Kim Walker Powers, (born c. 1950), and Anne Walker Johnson, and two sons, Todd Walker and Mark Walker.

Biographical Notes

According to this World War II draft registration card, Bruce M. Walker stood 6-feet, 2-inches tall, and weighed 171 pounds. He had a ruddy complexion, with blue eyes and brown hair. (See, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 185, accessed 04/06/2019.)

Bruce and Ottilie Walker and their daughter, Kim, left the Port of New York aboard the S.S. Liberté, a former German ocean liner built for the Norddeutscher Lloyd Line that was bought by the French company,Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, after World War II, on 08/21/1951, bound for Le Havre, France. They intended to take a 10-month vacation, presumably visiting various European countries. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from New York, New York, 07/01/1948-12/31/1956; NAI Number: 3335533; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4169; NARA Roll Number: 132, accessed 04/06/2019.) Walker and his family made his return traveling between Le Havre, France and New York, NY, aboard the S.S. Liberté. The Walkers' transatlantic crossing occurred between 06/04/1952 and 06/10/1952. This trip, paid for by the prestigious Appleton Scholarship from Harvard, was the architect's grand tour taken after completing his Master's degree in architecture.

SSN: 534-16-6261;

Associated Locations

  • Spokane, WA (Architect's Birth)
    Spokane, WA

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PCAD id: 2565