Earnest R. Armstrong was born in Philadelphia, the son of Robert Alfred Armstrong, and attended the Drexel institute before he began architectural studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a B.Arch. in 1921. After graduation, he joined the office of Day & Klauder as a draftsman, remaining there until 1922, when he left to work for G. Edwin Brumbaugh. By the time Armstrong left that firm in 1932, he had risen to the position of head draftsman. Between 1935 and 1937, Armstrong worked as a squad leader in the architecture department of the Philadelphia Board of Education. In 1937, he joined the firm of Lovelace & Spillman in Bethlehem, PA as an associate, and remained with that office as a project architect for the rest of his career. Armstrong joined the national AIA in 1944, and was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter before becoming a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. He was named to emeritus status by 1970.
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- Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, AIA
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Society of Architectural Historians
- University of Pennsylvania
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