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Male, US, born 1911-12-29, died 1999-11-04

Associated with the firms network

Franklin and Kump and Associates; Franklin, Kump and Falk, Architects; Kump and Falk, Architect and Engineer; Kump, Ernest J., Associates, Architects; Kump, Ernest J., Sr., Architect; Saffell, James M., Architect

Professional History


Draftsman, Ernest J. Kump, Sr., Architect, 1933-1934.

Designer, Charles H. Franklin, Fresno, CA, 1934-1935.

Partner, Franklin and Kump, Architects, Fresno, CA, and Bakersfield, CA, 1935-1942.

Major, US Army Corps of Engineers, 1942-1945;

Partner, Franklin, Kump and Falk, Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1945-c. 1950.

Partner, Kump and Falk, Architects, 1950- .

Partner, Ernest Kump Associates, Palo Alto, CA, and New York, NY, 1960- . In the American Architects Directory, Second Edition, 1962, George S. Koyl, ed., (New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Company, 1962), p. 397, Kump did not mention his partnership with Charles H. Franklin after World War II, nor did he indicate his partnership with Mark Falk after World War II. In this volume he indicated his work history as follows: "Proj. Archt. w. Ernest J. Kump I, 33-34. & w. Chas. H. Franklin, 34-35. Prev. Firms: Kranklin [sic] & Kump, 35-42; Ernest J. Kump Co, 42-49; Ernest J. Kump, 50-55; Off. of Ernest J. Kump, 55-60. Present firm: Kump Assocs, org. 60")


Kump lectured on school architecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1948, at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1949-1955, and at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1955.

Professor of Architecture and Chairman of Advanced Research, Columbia University School of Architecture, New York, NY;

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects, Northern California Chapter, 1941- .

Member, State Association of California Architects, 1945.

Member, U.S. Office of Education, Advisory Council on School Building Problems, Washington, DC.

Consultant, British Planning Mission to North America on School Building, 1945.

Chair, American Institute of Architects Committee on School Buildings, 1948-1949.

Kump served as a judge for the American Institute of Steel Construction's 1949 contest for the most beautiful bridge in the US. On this panel, he served with Ralph Walker, then AIA-President, New York, NY; Cyrus Silling, Charleston, WV; Warren Raeder, Colorado Springs, CO; and Nathaniel Owings, New York, NY.

Kump was a panelist on the very significant "Planning Man's Physical Environment" a three-day symposium held at Princeton University in 1947 as part of the school's bicenntenial celebration; the panel included some of the best-known architects and planners of the day including Alvar Aalto, Frederick J. Adams, Sigfried Giedion, Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, Carlos Contreras, Mies Van der Rohe, and William W.Wurster.

Kump was an American Institute of Architects Delegate to the International Congress of Architects, 1951-1955.

Member, City of Palo Alto, School Planning Committee, 1949-1955.

Member, Burdell Report Commisssion, Survey on Architectural Practice and Education, 1950-1954.

Member, AIA Committee on School Building, Union Internationale des Architectes, 1951-1954.

Kump was featured in a 1956 recording called “Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture,” put out by the Reynolds Metals Company. Other architects speaking on this LP included Gordon Bunshaft (1909-1990), Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), Philip Johnson (1906-2005), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), Walter Gropius (1883-1969) and Richard Joseph Neutra (1892-1970). The narrator was John Peter (1917-1998).

Kump served on a competition committee judging entries for the design of City of Los Gatos's Civic Center in 02-03/1963, along with Los Gatos Vice-mayor Henry Crall, planner Nestor Barrett, architect Charles W. Moore (1925-1993) and Gerald McCue (born 1928).

Kump obtained several patents for his structural systems and building mechanisms.

Professional Awards

Kump and engineer, Mark Falk, were together awarded the U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Emblem for designing and supervising the construction of Navy war-time construction worth $35 million, 1945;

Recipient, Progressive Architecture magazine, Best Design Award for the White Oaks Elementary School, San Carlos, CA, 1949.

Recipient, American Institute of Architects, Award of Merit, San Jose High School, San Jose, CA, 1954.

Recipeint, AIA Honor Award in the Schools K-12 category for the North Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA, 1955.

Recipient, American Lumber Industry, Award for Design, 1962. Kump was the first recipient of this prize for his 39 buildings on the Foothill College Campus, Los Altos, CA. The award was bestowed at the National Lumber Manufacturers Association at its annual meeting in Miami, FL.

Recipient, Carnegie Foundation Grant sometime between 1946-1955.

Recipient, honorary membership as a Lifetime Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London, UK;

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 1956 for Design.


Kump's archives went to the University of California, Berkeley. An earlier record here indicated that they had been accessioned by the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, which was incorrect. (Thank you to Kevin Enns-Rempel, Archivist, Fresno Pacific University, for making this correction. Alteration made 09/18/2008.) The papers were originally donated to Stanford University, but were not retained by its library system.


B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1932; M.Arch., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1937, Kump studied with Walter Gropius. (In the American Architects Directory, Kump's Harvard graduation date was given as 1933; see Second Edition, 1962, George S. Koyl, ed., [New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Company, 1962], p. 397.) Still another source, "Perspectives," an article written by architect,John Lyon Reid, in 1945, indicated that Kump graduated from Harvard in 1934; (See John Lyon Reid, "Perpsectives: He Sees Farther Through a Sieve than Most: Ernest Joseph Kump," Pencil Points, XXVI:4, 04/1945, p. 81)



His father was the architect, Ernest Kump, Sr., who left his wife, Mary P. Kump, and son--then in Bakersfield, CA--and moved to Fresno, CA, in 1914. Ernest Kump, Sr., remained estranged from his family for most of his life; Kumps Sr. and Jr. worked together briefly in 1933-1934, although the elder Kump seems to have fired his son relatively quickly. Mary Petsche Kump (06/10/1889-05/21/1984), born outside the U.S., died in San Mateo County, CA, at the age of 94; Ernest Kump, Jr., had a brother, Peter Kump, four years younger, who became an architect in 1946, working in Menlo Park, CA, for most of his career. Peter Kump operated his own firm at 1075 Curtis Street in Menlo Park, CA, beginning in 1950, but also participated in the firm of Ernest Kump and Associates, formed in 1960.


Ernest Kump, Jr., married Josephine Clark Miller in 1934.


In 1945, he had two children, a daughter, Romanda (known as "Mondi"), and, son, Peter C. Kump. Peter C. Kump became a chef living in New York, NY. (Thank you to Mary Kump Byrnes who clarified family relationships in an email to the author, 05/06/2011.)

Biographical Notes

Kump was very sociable, many finding him a brilliant conversationalist. He had a gift for organization and an ability to lead that he exhibited in college and his working life.

Associated Locations

  • Bakersfield, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Bakersfield, CA

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PCAD id: 378

Acalanes Union High School District, Acalanes Union High School, Lafayette, CALafayetteCA
Alameda Unified School District, Alameda High School, Alameda, CA1958AlamedaCA
Antioch Unified School District, Antioch Junior High School, Antoch, CAAntiochCA
Cabrillo College, Watsonville, CA
Carmel School, Carmel, CACarmelCA
City of Fresno, City Hall #3, Fresno, CA1941FresnoCA
City of Los Altos, Civic Center, Los Altos, CA1960Los AltosCA
City of Merced, Merced Airport #2, United Airport Terminal, Merced, CA1946MercedCA
City of Modesto, Modesto Municipal Airport #2, United Airlines Terminal, Modesto, CA1946ModestoCA
Exeter Union High School District, Exeter High School, Exeter, CA
Foothill Junior College, Campus Plan, Los Altos Hills, CA1960-1962Los AltosCA
Fowler Unified School District, Fowler Grammar School #2, Fowler, CA
Fresno Unified School District, Administration Office, Fresno, CA1936FresnoCA
Fresno Unified School District, Edison High School, Fresno, CAFresnoCA
Hillsborough City School District, North Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CAHillsboroughCA
Kump, Ernest, Architectural Office, Palo Alto, CA1957-1958Palo AltoCA
Marsh, John, School
Mills College, Classroom Building, Oakland, CAOaklandCA
Pacific Lumber Company, Headquarters, San Francisco, CA1983San FranciscoCA
Pudlin, Samuel, House, Fresno, CAFresnoCA
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Hoover, Herbert, Junior High School, San Francisco, CA1955San FranciscoCA
San Jose State College, Student Union Building, San Jose, CA1967-1969San JoseCA
San Jose Unified School District, San Jose High School #2, San Jose, CA
Sierra Union School District, Sierra High School, Tollhouse, CATollhouseCA
Sill Office Building, Bakersfield, CA1939-1940BakersfieldCA
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, Courthouse #9, San Jose, CA1962-1964San JoseCA
United States Coast Guard (USCG), Base Alameda, Swimming Pool, Alameda, CA1959-1960AlamedaCA
United States Government, Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Staff Housing, Seoul, South Korea1959Seoul
United States Navy (USN), Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Ordinance Building, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA1947-1948San FranciscoCA
University of California, Berkeley, Horticultural Science Building, Berkeley, CABerkeleyCA
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