Associated with the firms network

Ayres and Hayakawa, Mechanical Engineers; Pereira and Luckman, Architects, Engineers and Planners

Professional History


Chief Mechanical Engineer, Pereira and Luckman, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1953-1954.

Partner, Ayres and Hayakawa, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Los Angeles, CA, fl. 1969; Ayres and Hayakawa merged with Frumhoff and Cohen, Engineers, in 1970 to form Ayres, Cohen and Hayakawa. By 1977, the name of Cohen was no longer in the firm's name, and J. Marx Ayers was the President of Ayres and Hayakawa.


High School/College

Graduate, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA, 1940.

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA, c. 1946.

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1947. Ayres's Master's Thesis was on "the effect of varying room ventilation (outside air) on room air temperature gradients." (See J. Marx Ayres, Red Diaper Baby, Mid-Life Transitions, An Autobiography of J. Marx Ayres Volume II: 1946-2011, [Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2012], p. 27.)

Doctoral coursework, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA.1947-1948.



His mother, Martha, was a sculptor, and his father was James Ayres, a clergyman who later became a Communist activist. He held the position of Educational Director of the Los Angeles County Communist Party and led courses on Marxism-Leninsim at the city's California Labor School.


J. Marx Ayres married Anita Landa, an accomplished pianist and political radical.


Marx and Anita had Denise Ayres, Garret P. Ayres (1957-2010)

PCAD id: 4040