Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
Anderson, Guy
Antelline, Jon P.
Applebaum, Norm
Batter-Kay Associates
Beadle, Alfred
Beckett, Welton
Benedict, Hiram Hudson
Bernard, James
Bird, Fujimoto & Fish
Bonini, Vincent
Brownell, J. Herbert
Buff, Straub and Hensman
Campbell, Donald
Cody, William F.
Crane, Loch
Dammann, Bruce
Davis, Ronald K.
Decker, Arthur
Deems, Ward
Delawie, Homer
Des Lauriers, Robert
Drake, Gordon
Eckel, George
Eggers, Henry
Ellwood, Craig
Ferris, Robert
Fickett, Edward
Forester, Russell
Fowble, Robert
French, Stanley J.
Frey, Albert
Gill, Irving
Goldberg, Bertrand
Goldman, Donald
Gordon, Kenneth & Robert
Grossman, Greta
Hagadone, Walter
Harris, Harwell Hamilton
Henderson, John
Hester, Henry
Hope, Frank
Hufbauer, Clyde
Hubbell, James
Jackson-Scott
Johnson, Philip
Jones, A. Quincy
Jones, Robert E.
Jung, Raymond
Kahn, Louis
Kellogg, Dick
Kellogg, Kendrick Bangs
Kesling, William
Killingsworth, Brady & Smith
Kowalski, Joseph
Krisel, William
Ladd, Thornton
Lareau, Richard
Lautner, John
Leitch, Richard
Lewis, Bill
Liebhardt, Frederick
Livingstone, Fred
Loring, Arthur
Lotery, Rex
Lumpkins, William
Lykos, George
Macy, Al
Malone, Ed
Marr, Clinton
Matthews, Roger
May, Cliff
McKim, Paul
Mitchell, Delmar
Mock, John
Mortenson, John
Mosher & Drew
Naegle, Dale
Neptune & Thomas
Neutra, Richard
Nomland & Nomland
Norris, Fred
Paderewski, CJ
Patrick, William
Paul & Allard
Paulson, Ted
Periera & Luckman
Platt, Robert
Ray, Eugene
Reed, John
Richards, Sim Bruce
Risley and Gould
Rosser, William
Ruocco, Lloyd

Salerno, Daniel
Schindler, Rudolph
Schoell & Geritz
Sigurdson, John
Simpson and Gerber
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Slatton, Bill
Soriano, Raphael
Spencer & Lee
Stimmel, William
Stone, Edward Durrell
Therkelsen, Lloyde
Tucker, Sadler & Bennett
Turner, Herb
Veitzer, Leonard
Vickery, Dean
Weir Brothers
Weston, Eugene III
Wheeler, Richard
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Wright, John Lloyd
Wright, Lloyd
Wulff and Fifield
Young, Richard

Ward Wyatt Deems, FAIA (1929-2009)

Architect Ward Wyatt Deems, FAIA passed away in 2009, at the age of 79 years in Bend, Oregon. Mr. Deems was born on the 16th of November, 1929 in Hollywood, California. Raised in Alhambra and Pasadena/Altadena, Ward graduated from Pasadena High School in 1947, and then Pasadena Community College in 1949. While still in high school he put himself on the path toward architecture – working in carpentry, framing, home building, and soon thereafter as draftsman with architects in Monrovia and Claremont while attending junior college.

Ward benefited most significantly from the guidance of USC School of Architecture faculty Calvin Straub, Conrad Buff, Donald Hensman, A. Quincy Jones, Gregory Ain, Garret Eckbo, Emmett Wimple, Harry Burge, and Verne Annis. He graduated alongside his classmate William Sperry Lewis in 1953 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. While attending USC he designed and constructed a home in Altadena for a client with USC classmate Jack Causey.

Following his graduation from USC, Deems worked as design assistant at Jay Dewey Harnish Architects in Ontario (1953-54). In 1955, he earned his California Architect license.

Between 1954-1959, Mr. Deems was employed by the Los Angeles firm of Albert C. Martin and Associates (partners Albert C. Martin, Jr. and J. Edward Martin). USC classmate William Sperry ‘Bill’ Lewis, having also recently graduated, joined the firm shortly thereafter.

According to Mr. Deems, “My employment with AC MA provided me with an extraordinary opportunity to participate as lead architectural designer on several important projects (Rose Hills Memorial Park facilities, Whittier, CA; Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles, CA.), followed by the position of Director of Business Development… The Martin firm was going through a period of growth while awaiting the two younger Martin sons, (David and Chris Martin, also from USC), to mature into the firm. Thus, several young graduates from USC were employed by the Martins and advanced into leadership positions of planning, design, practice and management… I was privileged to work directly with both of the Martin partners (Albert C. Martin, Jr., FAIA and J. Edward Martin, CE/SE) and thereby accelerated my education and experience as a practicing architect. I was appointed an Associate of the Firm in 1958. At the Martin office I met and became friends with William Sperry Lewis, Jr. (Bill) who was a lead designer on several Martin projects, including the Mission Valley Shopping Center project in San Diego… During 1958-59, I explored the potential of opening an office in San Diego since the possibility of becoming an owner-partner at the Martin firm was slim to none…I advised the Martins that I had decided to practice in San Diego. The Martins stated that they wished to retain me as a part of their expanding operation and suggested that they join in opening a San Diego office as they had previously begun this concept in other cities...”

Ward Deems was appointed an Associate of the Firm in 1958 while Bill Lewis served as lead designer on several projects. During the years 1958-59, Deems explored the potential of opening an office in San Diego - then a cheaper, slower-paced city surviving on tourism and military spending. When Ward advised the Martins of his plan to move south they saw in this an opportunity to expand their operation. Together they decided to open a San Diego office.

In April 1959, a corporate agreement was signed to launch Deems-Martin Associates. At the time, Bill Lewis was completing the design of the May Company store in Mission Valley and agreed to join Deems in launching the new company. With financial and brand support from the AC Martin firm, they opened their office in the El Cortez Building – Ward being responsible for public relations and business development functions. Bill Lewis focused on design and project management. The first successful project being the Crabtree Office Building at 301 A Street. This steel screen ensconced project was designed by employee Robert Jones (who would later join in partnership with Henry Hester). Within a few years, Bill became a co-owner and the firm became Deems Lewis Martin & Associates.

In 1961, the firm Deems Lewis & Partners worked its way through their first San Diego recession. Embracing the citywide motto “Try San Diego First” they and other firms worked to keep clients from heading to Los Angeles to have their projects designed. The firm watched San Diego grow larger and more sophisticated. One important milestone was the shift of retail from downtown to Mission Valley as Walker Scott and Marston's folded – in part because of their design for Mission Valley shopping center.

“In 1967 Bill and I realized that the joint arrangement with the Martin brothers was not truly workable over time and, after prolonged negotiations and payments to acquire their shares of the corporate stock, the firm became Deems/Lewis & Partners. Subsequently the firm name became Deems Lewis McKinley Architects with the addition of John C. McKinley, AIA as a corporate owner,” Ward Deems added.

As the firm changed its name from Deems-Martin Associates to Deems Lewis Martin & Associates, then to Deems Lewis & Partners and subsequently to Deems Lewis McKinley Architects, andgrew rapidly in its first few decades, many strong architects cut their teeth in the drafting room. Among these were Robert E. Jones (1960-61), Edward Malone, Donald Goldman (1962-64), Walt Conwell, Jerry Shonkweiler, John Stevenson, James A. Purcell, John McKinley, Neil Larson, Jack Carpenter and several others.

Between the years 1959-1986, Deems served the new firm as Senior Principal; President, Chairman of the Board; Principal-in Charge and designer of selected projects. His responsibilities ranged from business development-public relations and business management for the firm to assignments as Principal-In-Charge of selected projects while partner Bill Lewis concentrated exclusively on project management and project design. During the firm’s operations in San Diego it successfully sought a wide variety of design commissions for commercial, institutional and educational projects. In the beginning years the young firm’s association with the Martin firm enabled it to thrive.

Of the firm’s operational philosophy, Ward Deems offered, “Our firm’s commitment to its clients centered upon each project being assigned one of the firm’s two principals to oversee and/or plan and design the projects to their completion. A Team concept was instituted which included responsibility for all elements of planning and design including structural, mechanical, electrical, civil engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and graphics design.  In addition to my personal design work, it was my approach to allow other employed designers the freedom to create the projects, subject to partner critique and comments from a peer Jury system.”

Ward Deems received his Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 1973. His involvement with the AIA included Secretary of the Pasadena Chapter AIA, President of the AIA San Diego Chapter (1963) and President of the AIA California Council (1975), along with serving on several Statewide and National AIA Committees. These activities resulted in meeting a number of prominent architects and firms around the country which led them to several successful joint venture projects.

Mr. Deems served as President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASD), President of the California Council of the AIA (AIACC) along with numerous local and national committees and volunteer efforts. In 1973, Ward Deems was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) for his community and national contributions and for his enduring influence on the profession.

Partial List of San Diego Projects by the Firm(s)

Armand Hammer Research Facilities
Salk Institute

*mentioned in Ward Deems' obituary

Carter-Higgins Office Building (1963)
2250 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA


Christ The King Lutheran Church. Photograph by George Lyons (ca. 1960), captures the context Russell Forester's crucifix

Christ The King Lutheran Church (ca. 1959)
750 Medford Street, El Cajon
Designed by Deems Martin Associates


Christ The King Lutheran Church

Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
5299 Trojan Avenue, San Diego

Cordura Publications
Scripps Ranch

Crabtree Office Building (1961)
Project Architect: Robert Jones, AIA
Honor Award, AIA San Diego Chapter

Deems, Ward Residence #1 (1963)
Paseo del Ocaso and Calle Frescota, La Jolla, CA.
*remodeled

Deems, Ward Residence #2 (1977)
2555 Caminito Viejo, Hidden Valley Estates, La Jolla, CA

El Cortez Convention Center (1960)
7th Avenue and Beech Street
Project Architect: Edward Malone, AIA
Award of Merit, AIA San Diego Chapter

Financial Square - San Diego Federal Building (1972)
Sixth Avenue and ‘B’ Street, San Diego, CA


Hillcrest North Medical Center

Hillcrest North Medical Center (1964)
550 Fifth Avenue at Washington Street, San Diego, CA
Building of the Year, San Diego Magazine

Humanities Library-Galbraith Hall (1965)
UCSD Revelle College. La Jolla, CA
Building of the Year, San Diego Magazine


Industrial Indemnity. Photograph by Darren Bradley

Industrial Indemnity (1970-74)
3255 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA
AIA Honor Award (Phase 1)
AIA Award of Merit (Phase 2), AIA San Diego Chapter

LKRD Medical Office Building (1970)
3260 3rd Street, San Diego, CA
AIA Award of Merit, AIA San Diego Chapter


Mission Valley Center

Mission Valley Center (ca. 1960)
San Diego


Northeast District Office San Diego County Department of Welfare

Northeast District Office San Diego County Department of Welfare (ca. 1963-1969)
5001 73rd Street, San Diego
*
HHFA First Honor Award

Orr, Dr. & Mrs. Robert J. Residence (1960)
2382 Via Capri Court, La Jolla, CA
*Award of Merit, AIA San Diego Chapter

Private Residence (circa 1953)
Upper Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA
*on the left hand side of the road when driving north


Rubin, Seltzer, Soloman Bldg.

Rubin, Seltzer & Soloman Building (1964)
3003 Fourth Avenue
Notes: Recently remodeled with bad diagonal patio enclosure after recent fire.

Ruselso Office Building (1963)           
3003 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA
Note: Badly remodeled
Project Architect:  Donald Goldman, AIA
Award of Merit, AIA San Diego Chapter

San Diego Convention Center
*mentioned in Ward Deems' obituary

Security First National Bank (1964)
211 North Freeman Street, Oceanside

Torrey Pines High School (1976)
3710 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, CA
Honor Award, Unit Masonry Association

U.S. Customs Station (1969)
San Ysidro, CA

U.S. Navy Anti-Submarine Warfare School Mess Hall (1967)
Nimitz Blvd and Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

U.S. Navy Enlisted Men’s Barracks (1964)
Anti Submarine Warfare School.
Harbor Drive and Nimitz Blvd
AIA Honor Award, AIA San Diego Chapter

U.S. Post Office Facility (1972)
2535 Midway Drive, San Diego, CA
AIA Award of Merit, AIA San Diego Chapter