Professional History


Faculty member, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Department of Architecture, 1961- ; In the late 1970s, Alden did pioneering research on wayfinding, how individuals navigate their ways through large buildings. At the UW, his early teaching foci were in the fields of history, photography and personal-environmental relations. According to James Donnette, in 1992 the UW's Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning: "'[Richard Alden] was very concerned with the area of architecture that dealt with serving people.' In the 1960s he followed the architectural movement in which structure emphasizes not so much design and art but convenience and service, Donnette said." (See "Richard Alden, Professor With Belief In Socially Responsible Architecture," Seattle Times, 04/14/1992.)



B.A., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1957.



Alden spent the years 1986 and 1990 studying pedestrian behavior in Tokyo, Japan. He passed away in his Seattle residence from lung cancer.


He married another architect, N. Sue Alden, FAIA. (On N. Sue Alden, see Marga Rose Hancock, "Sue Alden FAIA," accessed 09/16/2015.)

Associated Locations

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