Student, Morningside College, 1924-1926; Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois, 1930; Master of Science in Architecture, Columbia University, 1931; certificate in architecture, Beaux Arts Institute of Design, 1932; Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Morningside College, 1967; honorary Doctor of Laws, Ball State University, 1972.
From 1932 until 1936, Kamphoefner practiced architecture privately. In 1936 and 1937, he worked for the Rural Resettlement Administration in Washington, District of Columbia as an associate architect. In 1937, he became a professor of architecture at the University of Oklahoma, working there until 1948.
During the summers of 1938, 1939, and 1941, Kamphoefner also was employed as an architect for the United States Navy.
His 1938 Oleson Park Music Pavilion in Fort Dodge, Iowa is on the National Register of Historic Places. Kamphoefner was also a visiting professor at the University of Michigan during the summer of 1947.
In 1948, Kamphoefner became the first dean of the North Carolina State College School of Design. He created strict admissions policies and instituted a distinguished visitors program, which brought in architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright to lecture at the school.
Kamphoefner was a modernist architect and so were his colleagues.
He encouraged them to build modernist style houses in the Raleigh area, in order to create interest in the community in having their own modernist houses. Kamphoefner"s own house, the Kamphoefner House in Raleigh, North Carolina, was one of the residences he designed. Other well-known buildings designed by Kamphoefner include the Ritcher House in Raleigh, North Carolina and the McEvare Residence in Southern Pines, North Carolina Kamphoefner remained as the dean at the School of Design until 1973, when he retired and was named dean emeritus.
He continued teaching until 1979.
From 1979 to 1981, he served as a distinguished visiting professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina His 1934 building, the Grandview Music Pavilion in Sioux City, Iowa, was selected by the Royal Institute of British Architects as one of "America"s Outstanding Buildings of the Post-War Period." Henry Kamphoefner died in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 14, 1990.
Fellow American Institute of Architects. Member Association of Collegiate Schools Architecture (national president 1963-1965, treasurer 1959-1963, director 1959-1967), Raleigh Council Architects (president 1955-1956), Raleigh Chamber Music Guild (president 1954-1956) Clubs: Carolina Country (Raleigh).
Married Mabel C. Franchere, January 5, 1937.