Male, US, born 08/20/1910, died 09/01/1961

Associated with the firms network

Eames and Saarinen, Associated Architects; Saarinen, Eero and Associates, Architects

Professional History

Draftsman, Norman Bel Geddes, Designer, New York, NY, 1934; Partner, Saarinen, Swanson, Saarinen and Associates, Birmingham, MI, 1936-1942, 1945-1947; Designer, Office of Strategic Services, Washington, DC, 1942-1945; Partner, Saarinen and Saarinen, Architects, Birmingham, MI, 1947-1950; Principal, Eero Saarinen and Associates, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1950-1961; Saarinen collaborated with Charles Eames on Case Study House #9, the second house for John Entenza in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA. Because of his sudden death during surgery for a brain tumor, Saarinen's firm was reorganized as Kevin Roche-John Dinkeloo and Associates, and was located in CT. Plans put in motion just before his death had been to relocate the firm from MI to Hamden, CT, near to Yale University.

Chairman, Yale University Council as Architecture, New Haven, CT, 1948-1961. Member, Yale Center for Fine Arts, Committee, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Member, Division of the Arts Commitee, Yale University, New Haven, CT; In 1949 he was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from Yale University.

Honorary Master of Arts, Yale University, New Haven CT, 1949; Fellow, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1952; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, 1960. The AIA posthumously awarded Saarinen its highest individual honor, its Gold Medal,1962.


Coursework, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1920s; coursework, Académie de la Grande Chaumière (later known as the Académie Charpentier), Paris, France, 1929; B.Arch., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1934.


Eero Saarinen married Lilian Swann, a sculpture student at his father's Cranbrook Academy, in 1939 (divorced 1953). In 1954, he married Aline Bernstein Loucheim, Arts and Architecture Editor for the New York Times.

Eero and Lilian Saarinen had a son and daughter: Eric (born 1942) and Susan (born 1945); with Aline Bernstein Loucheim, he had one son, Eames.

Saarinen was naturalized c. 1942.

Associated Locations

  • Kirkkonummi, Finland (Architect's Birth)
    Kirkkonummi, Finland

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  • Ann Arbor, MI (Architect's Death)
    Ann Arbor, MI

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PCAD id: 48