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[portraits of Aaron Colish]
(Fabian Bachrach, 1957)
Aaron Colish Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.
Local ID #: aaup.216.8.2

Born: 1/22/1910, Died: 11/26/1997

Architect and developer Aaron Colish was born in Philadelphia, the son of Sarah Goldberg Colish and Arthur Colish, and graduated from Northeast High School in 1927 before earning a B.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1932. He won the Walter Cope Memorial Prize in 1929, and placed second for the same award in 1931. He also earned upper junior honors in the academic year 1930-1931.

Like so many other Penn graduates, Colish entered the office of Paul Cret after earning his degree. Colish also operated in partnership with Charles G. Etter as Colish & Etter until 1948; Colish established an independent practice that year, but also worked in association with Frank E. Hahn.

Colish joined the national AIA in 1944. He was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter, serving as a director between 1968 and 1970.

Written by Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania


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