Male, born 1908-07-18, died 1993-12-30

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Burkhard, Ralph H., Architect

Professional History


Upon graduation, Ralph H. Burkhard spent ten plus years working for a variety of architectural firms in New York City, Maine and Washington D.C., c. 1930 until 1940. Among his more high profile jobs before migrating to the Pacific Northwest was working as group leader on the Pentagon Building for the U.S. Engineers Office (1941-1943).

Group Leader, United States Engineers Office, Pentagon Building Project, Washington, DC, 1941-05/1943. Los Angeles architect George Edwin Bergstrom (1876-1955) coordinated the Pentagon building effort.

Mechanical Engineer, Boeing Company, Seattle, WA, C-97 Stratofreighter production, 05/1943-1945.

Principal, Ralph H. Burkhard, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1945- .

Professional Activities

In 1955, Burkhard was a Registered Architect in the States of WA, OR, NY, VA.

When surveyed in 1955, Burkhard indicated that he was NCARB Certified.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington State Chapter.

Member, AIA, Washington State Chapter, Program Committee, 1953.

Member, AIA, Washington State Chapter, Competitions and Honor Awards Committee, 1954.

President, City of Normandy Park, WA, Planning Commission, 1954- .

Professional Awards

Recipient, General Motors Architectural Dealership Design Competition, National Prize Winner (one of two), 1945.

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Honor Award, Southgate Elementary School, 1951.

Recipient, AIA, National Honor Award, Foster Junior-Senior High School, AIA, 1953.

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Award for Clark's Cleaners, 1955.

Recipeint, AIA, Award, for the the Health and Physical Education Building/ Nicholson Pavilion, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, 1959.



B.Arch., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1930.

M.Arch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1931.,

Coursework, Beaux-Arts Institute of Design (BAID), New York City, NY, 1932-1933.

College Awards

Recipient, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, Half-year scholarship, 1930-1931;



Born in Bar Harbor, ME, Burkhard spent his first 35 years in the states of ME, NY, MA and Washington, DC. According to the U.S. Census of 1920, Burkhard at age 11 resided with his family in New York, NY, at 158 East 82nd Street, at that time, a middle-class neighborhood.

He migrated to Seattle, WA, in 1943, to work at the Boeing Company; his last residence was located at 17077 SW Sylvester Rd, Seattle, WA, 98166-0301.


His father Fred A. Burkhard (born c. 1870 of Swiss-German ancestry), worked as a caterer in 1920; he may have been born in Newark, NJ; his mother Frida, (born c. 1877 in Sweden) was a housewife. She may have migrated to the U.S. in 1898, and was reported naturalized as of 1920.

The Burkhards had two daughters along with Ralph, Lillian (born c. 1905 in Bar Harbor, ME) and Hazel (born c. 1910 in Bar Harbor, ME).


Burkhard married in 1938.


He and his wife had 2 children.

Biographical Notes

Councilman, City of Normandy Park, WA, 1953-1954.

SSN: 147-05-3185. Burkhard received his SSN in NJ.

Associated Locations

  • Bar Harbor, ME (Architect's Birth)
    Bar Harbor, ME

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