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Male, US, born 1912-04-10, died 2001-10-06

Associated with the firms network

Funk and Stein, Architects; Neutra, Richard J., Architect; Stein, Joseph Allen, Architect

Professional History

Draftsman, Ely Jacques Kahn, Architect, New York, NY; Draftsman, Richard Neutra, Architect, Los Angeles, CA; Partner, [John C.] Funk and Stein, Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1946; Funk and Stein were the architects for the ill-fated Ladera Housing Cooperative near Woodside, CA. During the McCarthy Era, Stein left the US and relocated in India, first Calcutta and then New Delhi. Partner, Stein and Polk, Architects, New Delhi, India, c. 1955- ; Stein retired from architectural practice in 1995.

Head, Bengal Engineering College, Department of Architecture, Calcutta, India, 1952-1955.


B.S., Architecture, University of Illinois, coursework, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; M.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.


Born in Omaha, NB, Stein lived a peripatetic life, managing to land in places where architectural theory and production were particularly rich. He was educated at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, a solid, engineering-oriented architectural program, the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, at a point when its influence was beginning to wane in the US, and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Cranbrook was a leading American avant garde design school in the late 1930s, when architect Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), designers Florence Knoll Bassett (b. 1917), Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" (née Kaiser) Eames (1912–1988), sculptor Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), and urban planner Edmund Norwood Bacon (1910 –2005) were students or teachers there. He worked for Ely Jacques Kahn's prestigious New York office and subsequently, for Richard Neutra (1892-1970) in Los Angeles, CA. Neutra attracted bright and ambitious young draftsman into his atelier during the 1930s particularly, including such architects as Harwell Hamilton Harris (1903-1990), Gregory Ain (1908-1988) and Raphael Soriano (1907-1988). Stein worked in the Bay Area after World War II, and moved to India to avoid the red-baiting atmosphere in the US during the early 1950s. He moved to Calcutta, India in 1952, where he directed the Bengal Engineering College's Department of Architecture for three years. He moved to New Delhi, India, in 1955, where he worked for some time. He passed away while living in Raleigh, NC.

Stein married Margaret Suydam in 1938.

He and Margaret had two boys, David and Ethan Stein.

Associated Locations

  • Omaha, NB (Architect's Birth)
    Omaha, NB

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  • Raleigh, NC (Architect's Death)
    Raleigh, NC

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PCAD id: 45