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Male, US, born 07/14/1897, died 06/10/1995

Associated with the firms network

Cram and Ferguson, Architects; Johnson, Reginald D., Architect; Lunden, Hayward, and O'Connor, Architects; Lunden, Samuel E., FAIA, and Johnson, Joseph L. AIA, Architects-Planners; Lunden, Samuel Eugene, FAIA, Architect

Professional History

Draftsman, Reginald D. Johnson, Pasadena, CA, 1915-1918; Member of American Students' Reconstruction Unit in France, 1921; Job Captain and Field Supervisor, Cram and Ferguson, Boston, MA, 1921-1927; Lunden came to know Ralph Adams Cram at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Lunden was a student there and Cram was the Head of the School of Architecture, and in 1919, he inquired if Cram needed any part-time help. He began working part-time for Cram and Ferguson in 1919 and continued with the firm after he graduated until 1927. Lunden associated with Cram and Ferguson on the Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Los Angeles, CA (1923-1925) and the University of Southern California (USC) Doheny Library (1931-1932). Designer, Gordon B. Kaufman, Los Angeles, CA, 1927; Field Supervisor and Manager of Los Angeles Office, Schultz and Weaver, Architects, New York, NY, 1928; Principal, Samuel E. Lunden, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1928-1950; Lunden, Hayward, and O'Connor, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1950-1957; Principal, Samuel E. Lunden and Associates, Los Angeles, CA, 1957-1960; Partner, Samuel E. Lunden, FAIA, and Joseph L. Johnson, AIA, Architects and Planners, Los Angeles, CA, 1960- ;

Vice-President, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1947; Lunden joined the AIA in 1932 and served as its First Vice-President, 1945-1946; he was a prominent figure at the 78th Annual AIA Convention held in Miami, FL, 05/07/1946.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1945. A note in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 07/1945, indicated the reasons for Lunden's elevation to Fellowship in the AIA: "Admited and respected by his colleagues for his generous service to The Institute and rigid adherence to the high ideals set by The Institute. For these reasons and for his sound design, careful planning and excellence of executed work, he has been advanced to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects." (See "Newly Elected Fellows," Journal of the American Institute of Architects, IV:1, 07/1945, p. 13.) Lunden received the Edward C. Kemper Award for "significant contributions to the Institute and the architectural profession," 1963.


Coursework, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1918; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1921;

Awarded Beaux-Arts Medal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1921;


Lunden was born in IL and died in Los Angeles County, CA, at the age of 97;

His mother's maiden name was Erickson;

SSN: 554-50-0340.

Associated Locations

  • Chicago, IL (Architect's Birth)
    Chicago, IL

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    Lunden listed "Austin Chicago, July 14, 97" in his biography for birthplace and date; See American Architects Directory, 1962, p. 435;

PCAD id: 980