Male, born 08/15/1911, died 07/15/1970

Professional History

Draftsman, Smith, Carroll and Johanson, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1935; Draftsman, George W. Groves, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1936; Designer, Lytel and Shorett, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1938-1939; Architect, Federal Housing Authority, Seattle, WA, 1939-1942; US Navy, 1942-1944;

Completed 15-week course, Camouflage School, Camouflage Division, Office of Civilian Defense, University of Washington, 10-12/1942.


B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, 1934. This was a highly significant group of graduates in the Class of 1934. Along with Willman, others graduating included: James Joseph Chiarelli ([who would later practice with Paul Hayden Kirk and on his own), Perry Bertil Johanson ([1910-1981] who was a founding partner of the huge Seattle architectural firm of NBBJ), Stanley Glenn Page, John R. Sproule ([1908-1993] who ran his own practice in Seattle for many years), Paul Gideon Sutherland, Arvo Ronald Willman ([1911-1970], who also would practice in Seattle and CA), and Minoru Yamasaki ([1912-1986] who became an internationally-known designer of the World Trade Center, NY, NY.) (See "U.W. Graduates Ready for Degree," Seattle Sunday Times, 06/17/1934, p. 12.)


Born in WA, Willman lived with his parents and sister at 2015 18th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, in 1930. The family owned this residence which had an approximate value of $2,000, a modest sum. He died in San Mateo County, CA, at the age of 58. He reported an address of 2013 18th Avenue South, Seattle, WA in 1942.

His parents were both Finnish and married c. 1910 in the US. His father, John W. Willman (born c. 1880), worked as a blacksmith making ornamental ironwork. His mother, Elizabeth (born c. 1880), worked as a household servant for another family. John Willman came to the US in 1901, Elizabeth, 1902. Arvo's sister, Mildred E. Willman (born c. 1917 in WA), was six years younger.

SSN: 531-12-7894;

Associated Locations

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

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PCAD id: 3279