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Victor Gruen

Victor Gruen, Austrian architect. (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects; member American Arbitration Association, American Institute Planners, National Association Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Yale Arts Association (charter.

Background

  • Gruen, Victor was born on July 18, 1903 in Vienna, Austria. Son of Adolph and Elizabeth Lea (Levy) Gruenbaum.

  • Education

    • Student Technology Institute and Academy Fine Arts, Vienna.

    Career

    • Came to the United States, 1938, naturalized 1943. Building supervisor Edmund Melcher, and engineer Steiner, Vienna, 1923-1932. Own practice architecture, designed important residential and commercial projects, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, with office at Vienna, 1932-1938.

      Architectural practice, New York City, later additional offices at Los Angeles, and Chicago, Europe. President Victor Gruen Planning and Architecture, Inc., Switzerland. Planning and architectural consultant to state and city goverments private orgns. in France, Belgium, Vienna, Austria, Scandinavian countries.

      Projects for J.L. Hudson Company, (Northland, Eastland regional shopping centers. Shown National Gallery, Washington, as a part of American International Assurance centennial exhibit), Westland Regional Shopping Center, Dayton Company, Minneapolis (Southdale regional shopping center). City planning projects Fort Worth, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Boston.

      Planning redevelopment city Core Fresno, California, Paterson, New Jersey, Rockville Center, New York Lecturer before professional orgns., also in European countries. Formed Victor Gruen Foundation for Environmental Planning, Los Los Angeles.

    Works

    • Author: How to Live with Your Architect, 1950. (with Larry Smith) Shopping Towns, United States of America. The Heart of Our Cities, 1964.

    Membership

    Fellow) The American Institute of Architects. Member American Arbitration Association, American Institute Planners, National Association Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Yale Arts Association (charter. Clubs: Economic (Detroit).

    Connections

    • Married Lazette Van Houten, September 28, 1951 (deceased).; married Kemija Salihefendic, February 28, 1963. Children (by former marriage) Michael Stephen, Margaret.
    • father: Adolph Gruenbaum
    • mother: Elizabeth Lea (Levy) Gruenbaum
    • spouses: Lazette Van Houten
    • Kemija Salihefendic
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    Born July 18, 1903
    Died February 14, 1980
    (aged 76)
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