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Architect , educator

Devon McElvin Carlson, American architect, educator. Recipient Stearns award 1972, Distinguished Alumnus award University Kansas, 1984; Columbia University scholar, 1948.


Carlson, Devon McElvin was born on December 1, 1917 in Topeka. Son of Gustave Elvin and Gertrude M. (Swanson) Carlson.


Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University Kansas, 1941. Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with honors, University Colorado, 1947. Master of Science in Architecture, Columbia University, 1949.


Member of faculty, U. Colorado, 1943-1981; professor, department chairman architecture and architectural engineering, U. Colorado, 1959-1962; dean School Architecture, U. Colorado, 1962-1970; dean College Environmental Design, U. Colorado, 1970-1971; dean emeritus, U. Colorado, since 1981; member steering committee Creative Arts Program, U. Colorado, 1959-1980. Lecturer civic and professional groups. Past member Colorado Board Examiners Architects, president, 1964-1965.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: An Approach to Architectural Design, 1950, Architecture/Colorado, 1966. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Past member Boulder Landmarks Board. Advisor emeritus National Trust for History Preservation. Member Colorado History Preservation Review Board, 1980-1984, 85-93.

Fellow American Institute of Architects (board directors Colorado chapter 1966-1967, president 1969, national scholarship committee chairman 1977-1978, member of national commission on history resources since 1978, Silver medal Western Mountain region 1980, Carlson Lecture series established in his honor 1981). Member National Council Architectural Registration Bds. (exam-development committee 1962-1976, 87-93, chairman 1975, editor Handbook 1976), Colorado Society Architects (president 1980), Association College Schools Architecture, American Society Engineering Education (past chairman Colorado chapter), Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Liturg Art Association, History Boulder, History Denver, Society Architectural Historians, Scarab Club, Triangle Club, Rotary (board directors), Tau Beta Pi, Delta Phi Delta, Chi Epsilon.


Married Mary E. Ackley, June 14, 1949. Children: Mitchell Lans, Martha Sue, Judith Ann, Peter DeVon.

Gustave Elvin Carlson

Gertrude M. (Swanson) Carlson

Mary E. Ackley

Judith Ann Carlson

Martha Sue Carlson

Mitchell Lans Carlson

Peter DeVon Carlson