Philadelphia associations for Leon Arnal chiefly involve his teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an assistant professor of design from 1911 to 1918, assisting Paul P. Cret. Arnal had been born in Mouret, France and attended the Fine Arts School in Marseilles from 1896-1899. He then attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris with the Atelier Bernier, receiving his diploma in 1910; and in 1911, before moving to Philadelphia, Arnal was awarded 1000 francs by the French government as a first prize for architectural design. Coming to the United States in 1911, he became one of many French-trained architects hired to pass along the Beaux-Arts method to a generation of young Americans. Following his tenure with the University of Pennsylvania, Arnal transferred to the University of Minnesota, where he taught both architectural and interior design from 1914 to 1948.
Arnal was a member of the AIA and achieved both fellowship and emeritus status. He also joined the Minneapolis Chapter of the AIA.
Sandra L. Tatman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Minneapolis Chapter AIA
- University of Pennsylvania
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts
- University of Minnesota
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