Male, US, born 08/05/1926, died 10/10/1988

Associated with the firms network

Buff and Hensman and Associates, Architects; Buff and Hensman, Architects; Buff, Smith, and Hensman, Architects; Buff, Straub, and Hensman, Architects

Professional History

Partner, Buff and [Donald] Hensman, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1952-1957, 1962-1988; Partner, Buff, [Calvin] Straub and Hensman, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1957-1962; Partner in name only, Buff, [Dennis] Smith and Hensman, Architects, 1990- ;

Instructor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1950-1961;

Between them, Buff and Hensman designed more than 6,000 projects, many of which were tract houses produced for the developer, Harry Brittain, in the late 1940s and early 1950s; joined the American Institute of Architects in 1958; registered architect in CA in 1970;

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA);


Los Angeles Unified School District, Dahlia Heights School, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles Unified School District, Eagle Rock High School, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA; B.Arch., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1950;


His father was Conrad Buff II, a Swiss immigrant who came the US when he was 19; Buff II learned to become a baker and also developed into a well-known, regional landscape painter. His mother was Mary Marsh Buff, who, along with her husband, produced children's books from 1937-1951. The buffs moved in artistic circles in Los Angeles at the time, and knew architects Richard Neutra (1892-1970) and Rudolph M. Schindler (1887-1953). An artistic community existed in Eagle Rock, where the Buff's lived, near to the growing Occidental College. (The Buffs also were an early client of Neutra's, who commissioned the young Austrian to redesign their front entryway and garage.) Conrad and Mary had two sons.

Conrad Buff III married Elizabeth (Libby) Buff; they met at the recently commissioned (04/01/1943) 6,412-acre, Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River (PAX River), MD. This facility served various purposes, including receiving and dissecting captured aircraft from various combatants in the Second World War.

Conrad III and Elizabeth had two children: Conrad IV and Chris Anne Buff. Buff IV worked as a film editor in Hollywood.

SSN: 566-24-6510;

Associated Locations

  • Glendale, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Glendale, CA

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PCAD id: 63

2530 Astral Drive House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA1962Los AngelesCA
2621 La Cuesta Drive House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA1957Los AngelesCA
7256 Sunnydip Trail House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA1959Los AngelesCA
Andron House, Montecito, CA1989MontecitoCA
Arroyo Terrace Condominiums, Pasadena, CA1979PasadenaCA
Barder House, Boulder City, NV1988Boulder CityNV
Beckerman House, Beverly Hills, CA1971Beverly HillsCA
Binstock House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA1969Los AngelesCA
Bolton House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA1971Los AngelesCA
Broderick House, Beverly Hills, CA1979Beverly HillsCA
Broderick House, Project, Montecito, CA1979MontecitoCA
Brown, Ned, House, Malibu, CA1969MalibuCA
Brown, Robert, House, Palm Springs, CA1971Palm SpringsCA
Buff, Conrad III, House #2, Pasadena, CA1985PasadenaCA
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), President's House, Pasadena, CAPasadenaCA
Case Study House #20, Altadena, CA1958AltadenaCA
Chusid House, Malibu, CAMalibuCA
Corey House, Malibu, CA1987MalibuCA
Di Giulio House, Malibu, CA1995MalibuCA
Dorsey House, Playa del Rey, CA1982Playa del ReyCA
Encinal Canyon House, Malibu, CA1980MalibuCA
Feinstein House Project, Los Angeles, CA1987Los AngelesCA
Garner, James, House, West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA1965Los AngelesCA
Gill, M.C., House1968
Greenoak Medical Center, Arcadia, CAArcadiaCA
Greenwood House, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA1989Sherman OaksCA
Greenwood House, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA1989Los AngelesCA
Gronemier House, Altadena, CA1995AltadenaCA
Hansen House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA1990Los AngelesCA
Harvey, Laurence, House, Beverly Hills, CA1967Beverly HillsCA
Heard House, Altadena, CA1998AltadenaCA
Inwood House, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA1959Los AngelesCA
Johnson House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA1962Hollywood Hills, Los AngelesCA
Katleman House, Los Angeles, CA1963Los AngelesCA
Ketcham House, Malibu, CA1995MalibuCA
Kirby House, Malibu, CAMalibuCA
Luria House, Montecito, CAMontecitoCA
Makinson Condominiums, Pasadena, CA1988PasadenaCA
Mooresque House, Pasadena, CAPasadenaCA
Rabinowitz House, San Marino, CA1993San MarinoCA
Roth, Harold, House1964
Saltman, Paul, House, Pasadena, CA1964PasadenaCA
Schulman House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA1988Los AngelesCA
Shuster House, Montecito, CA1989MontecitoCA
Simon House, Playa del Rey, Los Angeles, CA1987Los AngelesCA
Simon, Donald E., House, Whittier, CA1963WhittierCA
State of California, Governor's Mansion, Sacramento, CASacramentoCA
Tahoe Danner Model House, Lake Tahoe, CA1971Lake TahoeCA
Thompson House, Pomona, CA1989PomonaCA
Thompson, Jack, House1962
Tilton Town Houses, Santa Paula, CA1971Santa PaulaCA
Van de Kamp, Mr. and Mrs. Walter, House, Beverly Hills, CA1960Beverly HillsCA
Verde Oak House, Los Angeles, CA1961Los AngelesCA
Webb House, Laguna Beach, CA1971Laguna BeachCA
Wheeler House, Pasadena, CA1967PasadenaCA
Wilson House, Pasadena, CA1987PasadenaCA
Yang House, Pasadena, CA1992PasadenaCA
Zeiler House, Beverly Hills, CA1978Beverly HillsCA