Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Lovett, Wendell

ID: 2062
Full Name: Wendell Harper Lovett
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1922-04-02
Family: Spouse: Wendell Lovett married Eileen Whitson Lovett (1921-2008). She was an accomplished dancer when Lovett met her.
Children: Wendell and Eileen Lovett had two daughters, Corrie and Clare, both born in Seattle.
Relocation: Born in Seattle, WA, Lovett attended high school and college in his hometown; during World War II, he served with the 13th Armored Division in TX and Southern CA before being transferred to the European theatre. He returned to the U.S. in 1946 coming back to live for one year in Seattle, He attended graduate school in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 1947; aside from vacations and teaching exchanges--most notably in Stuttgart, Germany, during 1959-1960--Lovett has resided in Seattle for his whole life.
Biographical Information: Education: B.Arch., University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA, 1947; M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 09/1947-06/1948; a three-day sketch project done during Lovett's senior year entitled "Proposed Outdoor Theatre for the University Arboretum Society," appeared in the 1943-1946 Year Book of the School of Architecture at the University of Washington, np, 1946. Lovett operated his office at 94 Pike Street, Seattle, in 1982.
Work History: Draftsman, Naramore, Brady, Bain and Johanson, Seattle, WA, 1946-1948; Designer/Associate, Bassetti and Morse, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1948-1951; Principal, Wendell Lovett, Architect, 1951-present.
Teaching: Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, Department of Architecture, 1948-1951; Assistant Professor of Architecture, Professor of Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle, 1951-1960; Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle, 1960-1965; Professor of Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle, 1965-1984; Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, 1984-present; Guest Professor, Techincal University, Stuttgart, Germany, 1959-1960, taught with Rolf Gutbrod;
Miscellaneous: Lovett traveled to Europe in 1959; Lovett designed 9 residences during his first decade of independent practice, 1951-1961; Member, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Lovett was a frat brother of Seattle architect Gene Zema.
Professional Awards: Post College: AIA Seattle Medallist, 1993; placed on the Roll of Honor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Washington, 10/18/2005;
Archives: Lovett's papers and drawings were deposited at the University of Washington Libraries, Department of Special Collections in 2010.
Countries: United States