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Male, US, born 1918-04-25, died 2008-09-19

Associated with the firms network

Eckbo, Royston and Williams, Landscape Architects; Royston, Hanamoto and Mayes, Landscape Architects; Royston, Hanamoto, Mayes, and Beck, Landscape Architects; Royston, Hanomoto, Alley and Abey, Landscape Architects; Royston, Hanomoto, Beck and Abey, Landscape Architects

Professional History


Intern, Thomas D. Church, Landscape Architect, San Francisco, CA, c. 1940.

Partner, [Garrett] Eckbo, Royston and [Edward] Williams, Landscape Architects, 1945-1958.

Partner, Royston, [Asa] Hanamoto and [David] Mayes, Landscape Architects, 1958- .

Partner, Royston, Hanomoto, [H. Eldon] Beck and [Kazuo] Abey, Landscape Architects. In 1970, Royston, Hanamoto, Beck and Abey had an office at 50 Green Street in San Francisco, CA. (See Pacific Telephone San Francisco Telephone Book, 1970, p. 564.)

Partner, Royston, Hamamoto, [Louis] Alley and Abey, Landscape Architects.


Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1947-1951. He resigned due to his reluctance to sign a loyalty oath during the McCarthy Era.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), 1975.

Recipient, American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Medal, 1978.

Recipient, American Society of Landscape Architects' Medal.


B.Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1936;


Born in San Francisco, CA, Royston lived for most of his life in Northern CA. The Royston Family lived in a residence they owned at 701 32nd Street in San Francisco according to the 1920 US Census. His grandfather, Walter Royston (born c. 1864 in CA) lived with the family from at least 1920-1930; on US Census forms from 1920 and 1930, the elder Walter indicated his profession as a cigar salesman. In 1930, Robert's family lived on the Monterey Highway in Burnett, CA, in Santa Clara County. They owned their own home.

His father, Walter C. Royston (born c. 1890 in England) migrated to the US from England c. 1906. He worked as an engineer in 1920, and a farmer in 1930. His mother was Doris E. Jackson (born c. 1896 in England) who worked as a homemaker according to the 1920 and 1930 US Censuses. They married when he was 24 and she 18. There were three children living at home in 1930: Cecil W. (born c. 1915 in CA), Robert and Doreen E. (born c. 1920 in CA).

At age 64, he married Hannelor Gothe (born c. 1940) on 09/18/1982 in Santa Cruz, CA.

Associated Locations

  • Mill Valley, CA (Architect's Death)
    Mill Valley, CA 94941

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  • San Francisco, CA (Architect's Birth)
    San Francisco, CA

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