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Robert Palmer Darlington, American architect. Registered architect, Illinois, Massachusetts. Decorated Bronze Star, 1945; recipient 3d prize American Institute of Architects/National Association Architectural Metal Manufacturers, 1956; named to Top 12 Young Teachers of Architecture in American, American Institute of Architects/American College Schools of Architecture, 1956.


Darlington, Robert Palmer was born on December 26, 1923 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Son of Charles Joseph and Marie Safford (Bender) Darlington.


Student, Swarthmore College, 1943. Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University, 1950. Master of Science in Architect, University Illinois, 1956.


Draftsman Schmidt, Garden & Erikson, Chicago, 1950-1951. Architect George Fred Keck/William Keck Architects, 1951-1953. Associate professor department architectural engineering, head architectural research section, director regional school laboratory Institute of Technology Washington State University, Pullman, 1953-1961.

Associate director building research advisory board National Academy of Sciences, Washington, 1961-1963. Technical director, executive director Building Research Institute, 1963-1966. Partner Richardson, Severns & Scheeler, Architects, Washington and Champaign, Illinois, 1966-1968.

Director architecture Copper Development Association, New York City, 1968-1969. Partner, vice president Neal Mitchell Associates, Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969-1971. Chief architect Whitman & Howard Architects and Engineers, Boston, 1971-1972.

Chief architect, vice president Deck House, Acton, Massachusetts, 1972-1973. Private practice architect, since 1973. Associate professor, head department environmental design College Architecture and Environmental Design Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, College Station, 1975-1976.

Associate professor department architecture Arizona State University, Tempe, 1977.


  • Registered architect, Illinois, Massachusetts.


  • Other Work

    • Author, editor: (text) Modular Pratice, 1962. Technical editor, editor Journal of Building Research Institute, 1963-1966. Newspaper columnist The Architect, 1972-1978.

      Co-inventor builder's measuring device, 1983.


Chairman Pullman City Planning Commission, 1958-1961. Member faculty executive committee Washington State University, Pullman, 1958-1961. Member Conservation Commission, Town of Acton, 1993-1994.

Sergeant Army of the United States, 1943-1945, Italy. Member Organization for Assabet River (chief photographer since 1993).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, creative writing, sea kayaking, road running, gardening.


Married Jeanne Annabelle Olson, August 17, 1945. Children: Barbara Jean, Nancy Anne, Susan Marie.

Charles Joseph Darlington

Marie Safford (Bender) Darlington

Jeanne Annabelle Olson

Barbara Jean Darlington

Nancy Anne Darlington

Susan Marie Darlington