Alfred Newman Beadle (1927-1998)
Modernist architect Alfred Beadle, having worked mostly in Phoenix, Arizona, is widely recognized for his contributions to Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House program - Case Study Apartment #1 or ‘Triad Apartments’ (ca. 1962-63). Trained as a Seabee during WW2, Beadle moved to Phoenix in the early 1950s and began designing buildings – prior to becoming a licensed architect.
According to Wikipedia, “His lack of an architectural license led to professional difficulties and, at one point, he was charged with practicing without a license. The state of Arizona wanted to "grandfather" him in by giving him a license, but he refused to accept it and went on to take the state's test and passed. As part of his defense, Beadle's lawyer pointed out that another local architect, one Frank Lloyd Wright, was also practicing without the proper credentials.”
“He designed and supervised the construction of the 21-story Executive Towers in 1964, then the tallest high rise in Phoenix, he was only 37.” In 1967 Mr. Beadle joined the Central Arizona Chapter of the AIA while working from his office at 3520 E. Oregon in Phoenix.
“Al Beadle won numerous awards from the A.I.A., American Steel Institute - three awards, Valley Beautiful Award, AZ Aggregate Association, Architectural Record Magazine, Institutions Magazine. His work has been featured in many National and International(Italy, Germany and UK) Architectural Publications of note. Architectural Record House Award, selected one of the best 50 houses in the last 25 years. Featured in hard cover book entitled "The Best Record Houses of the Last 25 Years". Major works in Phoenix, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Diego and Albuquerque. Bio-Sketch included in "Who's Who in America, 1978" and in "Who's Who in the World, 1982".”
Widely published throughout his career for his modernist designs in Phoenix, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Diego and Albuquerque, his work was profiled in an exhibit "Constructions: Buildings in Arizona by Alfred Newman Beadle" at Arizona State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Learn more about Beadle’s work HERE.
Partial List of San Diego Projects
Office Building Complex
Kramlich, Irvin Samuel and Dorothy Residence (1980)