Caricaturist, lithographer, muralist, Alfred Bendiner preferred to be known as an architect. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Hungarian parents, Herman and Ray Hartmann Bendiner. Since the family soon moved to Philadelphia, Bendiner received his early education in the Philadelphia public schools, attending Cleveland Grammar School and the Northeast High School, from which he graduated in 1917. After a year spent at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, Bendiner entered the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with his B. S. in Architecture in 1922 and his Master's in Architecture in 1927. He then studied for the year 1928-29 at the American Academy in Rome.
Throughout his studies Bendiner worked as a draftsman in one of the city's firms, spending 1922-25 with Stewardson & Page, and following his graduation becoming part of Paul Cret's firm, where he remained until 1933. In 1933 he opened his own office, which he maintained until his retirement in 1961.
In addition to his architectural and artistic projects Bendiner was actively engaged in archeological expeditions for the University of Pennsylvania, accompanying the University Museum's trip to Tepe Gawra and Khafaji in Iran in 1936-37 as an artist and traveling as an architect on the University Tikal-Tikal expedition to Guatemala in 1960.
Bendiner was a member of the American Institute of Architects and served as president for the Philadelphia Chapter. He also belonged to the Pennsylvania Society of Architects, the Philadelphia Water Color Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Franklin Inn Club and the Pickering Hunt Club.
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Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Philadelphia Art Alliance
- Franklin Inn Club
- Pennsylvania Society of Architects
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Philadelphia Sketch Club
- T-Square Club
- Pickering Hunt Club
- Philadelphia Water Color Club
- Century Club of New York
- University of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art
- American Academy in Rome
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