Paul Beidler was born in Lehighton, PA and trained at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.Arch. in 1931. From 1931-1932 Beidler was in Amsterdam, working for Jan Duiker. He followed this experience with two years with Frank Lloyd Wright
, adding other years of draftsman experience with Webster & Wilson (1935), D. B. Kirby (1936), and Claude Albon Stiehl (Honolulu, 1937-1938). In 1938 he organized his own office.Beidler was active in the archaeological expeditions organized by the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Under their auspices he travelled to Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, Italy, the British Honduras, Africa, and Asia. Perhaps as a result of these contacts, Beidler became Housing Adviser to the government of Iraq (1954-1955). From 1945 to 1946 he lectured at Black Mountain College; in 1946 he lectured and exhibited his works at the University of North Carolina; and he began in 1947 a series of annual lectures on modern architecture at Lehigh University.