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Walter Benjamin Sanders


Walter Benjamin Sanders, American educator. Decorated Bronze Star medal, Legion of Merit; recipient honorable mention Smithsonian Gallery of Art, 1940, special commendation New York chapter American International Assurance House awards, 1940, 2d and 3d prizes Bloomingdale’s House Competition, New York City, 1946, gold medal Michigan Society Architects, 1964; Distinguished Faculty award University of Michigan, 1969.


Sanders, Walter Benjamin was born on July 30, 1906 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Son of Chauncey K. and May B. (Paine) Sanders.


Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois, 1929. M. Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1930.


Instructor architecture Columbia, 1930-1936. Associate editor American Architect magazine, 1937-1938. Architectural Forum magazine, 1938-1939.

Visiting lecturer Pratt Institute, 1939-1940, Columbia, 1946-1949, University of Michigan, 1947-1949. Professor architecture University of Michigan, from 1949, department chairman, 1954-1964, director doctoral program, 1966-1972. Partner Sanders & Breck.

Architects, New York City, 1938-1942, Sanders & Malsin, New York City, 1946-1950. Principal Walter Sanders, Architects. Ann Arbor, from 1950.

Design consultant Albert Kahn Associate Architects & Engineers, Detroit, from 1955. Cons. community facilities div. Federal Housing Administration, 1952.


  • Contributor articles professional journals.


Served form Lieutenant lieutenant colonel, United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946. (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects (director from 1968). Member Association Collegiate Schools Architecture (director 1963-1965, president 1965-1967), Michigan Society Architects (director from 1968), Congresses Internationeaux d’Architecture Moderne, Building Research Institute (director 1959-1967), Michigan Academy Science, Arts and Letters, Sigma Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Rho Chi, Tau Sigma Delta, Scarab.


Married Carroll Thompson, August 25, 1935.

Chauncey K. Sanders

May B. (Paine) Sanders

Carroll Thompson