Although Donald Barthelme is chiefly remembered as an architect based in Houston, TX, he received his architetural education in Philadelphia and worked for two prominent firms in Philadelphia before moving to Texas to open his own office. Barthelme was born in Galveston, TX, and attended Rice University in Houston for two years (1924-1926) before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania, where he gained his B.Arch in 1930, winning the Arthur Spayd Brook Bronze Medal for Design. Following graduation he joined the office of Zantzinger, Borie & Medary, remaining there through 1933 before moving on to the office of Paul P. Cret (1934-1935). From 1937 to 1939 he worked with John Staub in Houston, and in 1939 he organized his own office there.
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