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Male, born 1924-05-26, died 2010-05-08

Associated with the firms network

Grant, Copeland and Chervenak and Associates, Architects; Young, Richardson, Carleton and Detlie, Architects and Engineers

Professional History


During World War II, Chervenak worked in the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC), Strategic Bombing Survey, photographing sites in Germany, France and Japan.

Draftsman, Young, Richardson, Carleton and Detlie, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1953-1954.

Partner, Grant, Copeland and Chervenak and Associates, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1955- ; Grant, Copeland and Chervenak was said to have designed over 350 churches on the West Coast and in AK. (See "Robert A. Chervenak,"Accessed 03/03/2014.) In 1960, Grant Copeland and Chervenak operated an office at 420 East Howell Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle; the firm's address remained at this address in 1970.


Assistant/Associate Professor of Architecture, UW, Seattle, 1960-1974.

Professional Activities

In 1970, Chervenak reported being a Licensed Architect in the States of CA, OR, and WA.

Professional Awards

Grant, Copeland and Chervenak was awarded an AIA Merit Award (national organization) for its design of Hugo Winkenwerder Forest Science Laboratory at UW, 1966. Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1975.


High School/College

Graduate, Lincoln High School, Seattle, WA, 1942.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1951. A presentation drawing by Robert Chervenak entitled, "A Newspaper Plant" was mentioned in the University of Washington, Department of Architecture Yearbook, 1951. It was listed on the "Graduating Seniors," page, which was unnumbered. The Class of 1951 had a number of notable graduates including Norman Aehle (1923-2011), Ralph Anderson (1924-2010), Carl Arnie Bystrom (1927-2017), Anker Molver (1922-2011), N. Sue Harris Alden (born 1928), and Michael Ossewaard (1925-2016).

College Awards

Member, Tau Sigma Delta Architectural Honorary Fraternity, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1950; American Institute of Architect's (AIA) Medal, UW, 1951.



When he married, Chervenak was still a student; he and Louise lived at 7337 43rd Place NE in Seattle in 1948. In 1953, Chervenak and his wife lived at 3432 106th Avenue SW in Seattle, and had moved to Bellevue, WA, by 1958.


Robert's parents were Michael and Teresa Chervenak; he had a brother, Mike Chervenak, and sister, Alice Chervenak Evans.


Robert Chervenak married a woman he had met at the UW, Dorothy Louise Osborne. They married in Wenatchee, WA, on 06/26/1948. (The Washington State Secretary of State noted three dates for the marriage of Chervenak and Osborne, 06/25/1948, 06/26/1948 and 07/02/1948. See "Chelan County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1900-2008 - Chervenak Robert - Osborne Dorothy Louise ,"and "Chelan County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1900-2008 - Dorothy Louise Osborne - Robert A. Chervenak,"Accessed 03/03/2014.)


Robert and Louise Chervenak had three children: a daughter, Carol Chervenak Barish and two sons, Tim and Dave.

Biographical Notes

Chervenak volunteered to be the President of his congregation, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Bellevue, WA, in 1958 and subsequently designed the group's parsonage, fellowship hall, education building and sanctuary. His memorial service, held 05/15/2010, occurred at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church. According to an online obituary published by the Seattle Times, Chervenak had a lot of hobbies: "Bob's hobbies included racing outboard hydroplanes, teaching skiing at Snoqualmie Pass, red sports cars, boat building, salmon fishing, duck hunting and Husky Football." (See "Robert A. Chervenak,"Accessed 03/03/2014.)

Associated Locations

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

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