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historian , Architectural educator

Buford Lindsay Pickens, American architectural educator, historian.


Pickens, Buford Lindsay was born on January 15, 1906 in Coffeyville, Kansas, United States. Son of Samuel Milton and Emily (Grigson) Pickens.


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois, 1930; A.M. (fellow), University of Chicago, 1937.


Architectural work, Chicago, 1925-1928, 30-35; instructor, Ohio U., 1937-1938; private practice residential architecture, community planning consultant, 1938-1995; assistant professor, Wayne U., Detroit, 1938-1945; professor, director, School Architecture, Tulane University, 1946-1953; professor, Washington University, 1953-1974; professor emeritus, Washington University, 1974-1995; dean, Washington University (School Architecture), 1953-1956; director campus planning, Washington University (School Architecture), 1956-1963. Visiting lecturer University of Minnesota, summer 1940. Consultant Detroit City Planning Commission, 1944-1945.

Member Vieux Carre Commission, New Orleans, 1947-1952. Member Fulbright Advisory Screening Committee, 1958-1960, Joint American Institute of Architects/ACSA Award Committee, 1976-1979.


History building commissioner, Missouri, 1960-1973, history building commissioner, St. Louis County, 1964-1974. Served United States Army as instructor University Training Command, 1945, Florence, Italy. Fellow American Institute of Architects.

Member Society Architectural Historians (president 1950), Association Collegiate Schools Architecture (president 1957-1959), Alpha Rho Chi.


Married Jenny Grönner Johnsen, June 2, 1934. Children: Lindsay Lloyd, Grigson Buford.

Samuel Milton Pickens

Emily (Grigson) Pickens

Jenny Grönner Johnsen

Lindsay Lloyd Pickens

Grigson Buford Pickens