Born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Charles Forbes and Jeanne (McCartney) Ward, Charles F. Ward, Jr. learned his profession as an apprentice to Andrew J. Sauer between 1922 and 1926. Ward also studied architecture in the T-Square Club Atelier (1922-1930), and in evening classes at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, winning the Walter Cope Memorial Prize in 1930. In 1926, Ward entered the office of Paul P. Cret as a draftsman. After one year (1937-1938) with Eugene A. Stopper, he returned to the Cret firm in 1938 as principal assistant. By 1942, he had been named a job captain in the firm, but during World War II he became Director of the Stage Door Canteen in Philadelphia (1942-1944), following that stint with work for the American Red Cross abroad (1944-1946). Returning to Philadelphia, in 1946 Ward was made an associate in the Cret successor firm, Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson. Ward was later named a partner in the office and served as the managing partner before his retirement in 1972.
Ward joined the national AIA in 1946, and was named to the college of fellows in 1967, gaining emeritus status in 1974. He was an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter, serving as treasurer in 1952-1954, first vice president in 1959, and a director in 1956 and 1961. Ward was a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Society of Archtitects in 1964. He served as a trustee of the Philadelphia Architects Charitable Trust, and as the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute.
Ward was a lecturer on architecture at the University of Pennsylvania from 1959 until 1962, and also taught refresher courses for the T-Square Club.
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Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Philadelphia Art Alliance
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Pennsylvania Society of Architects
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
- Philadelphia Zoological Society
- Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia
- Royal Society of Arts
- Philadelphia College of Art
- University of Pennsylvania
- Fleisher Art School
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