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Born: 6/15/1893, Died: 6/1973

Canadian Roy Banwell, the son of Donald August Banwell, attended the Collegiate Institute in Windsor, Ontario before he received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1918. Following some service during World War I, he worked for the following architects: Marcus Burrowes; Albert Kahn; John Russell Pope; and finally Day & Klauder of Philadelphia. In 1929 he and W. Pope Barney organized their own firm under the name Barney & Banwell. This association continued for many years, with the firm revising its name to Barney, Banwell, Armentrout & Divvens in 1956. After W. Pope Barney's retirement in 1967, the firm name was altered to Banwell, Armentrout & Divvens. Other members of the firm included James S. Armentrout and James Lawrence Divvens.

From 1925 to 1926 Banwell served as instructor for architectural drawing for the Spring Garden Institute School for Technical Education. During World War II he served as assistant project manager for construction of air bases for the U.S. Marine Corps (1942-43) and Labor Administration Manager for the OSRD at the University of Pennsylvania (1943-46).

Banwell was extremely active in the T-Square Club, serving on the exhibition and membership committees as well as accepting a long term appointment as treasurer (1924/25-1929/30). After his stint as treasurer he continued on the finance committee through 1931/32. Banwell joined the AIA in 1925 and gained emeritus status in 1966.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman, and Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • T-Square Club

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Spring Garden Institute

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