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[Le Brun Traveling Scholarship]
First Prize
Local ID #: 1922/111
AIA/T-Square Yearbook, p. 111-113 (1922)
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Born: 6/2/1897, Died: 4/7/1968

Although chiefly known as an architect operating from Seattle, WA, Lionel H. Pries spent considerable time in Philadelphia before moving west. He was born in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1920 with his A.B. in Architecture. After graduation he moved to Philadelphia where he undertook the masters course in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his degree in 1921 and winning the Arthur Spayd Brooke Gold Medal in design.

Early in 1921 Pries began his Philadelphia office career with several months in the employ of DeArmond, Ashmead & Bickley, then engaged with the Wissahickon site proposal for the Philadelphia Sesqui-Centennial Exposition. By July 1921, however, Pries had moved to the office of John P. B. Sinkler, then City Architect for Philadelphia. Remaining with Sinkler for only nine months, Pries undertook brief employment with E. V. Seeler, while at the same time assisting Paul P. Cret with the T-Square Club Atelier. With the support of Cret and Grant Simon, Pries won the LeBrun Traveling Scholarship from the Atelier in 1922 and embarked on an extended trip to Europe (1922/23).

In 1923 Pries gained his architectural license in California and by September of that year had begun to practice architecture in San Francisco. Until 1928 Pries would remain in California, but early in 1928 he moved to Seattle, where he established a partnership with William J. Bain, also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. This partnership would endure until 1932, but by then Pries was already combing practice with teaching, entering the University of Washington's Department of Architecture in 1928 as an Instructor and remaining through 1958, when he would resign as a full Professor.

Pries remained in Seattle after his retirement from the University of Washington and worked with several architectural firms through 1962.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the information for the Pries biography has been generously supplied by Dr. Jeffrey Ochsner of the Department of Architecture, University of Washington.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • T-Square Club

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California (Berkeley)


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