Herluf J. Brydegaard (1911-1961)
Herluf Thomas Jensen Brydegaard was born on January 12, 1911 in Svendborg, Denmark. After 10 years at Haahrs Private School in Svendborg, the youth graduated, in 1928, before becoming a carpenter’s apprentice and initiating night classes at Svendborg Tekniske Skoe – where he graduated in 1933. After three years at Odense Tekniske Skole, also in Denmark, he graduated in 1936.
The young professional served as an engineer for W. Madsen Architect (1936-37) in Svendborg prior to his work as a draftsman for William Templeton Johnson (1941-42) in San Diego. In 1942, he moved to Kistner & Curtis Architects where he also worked as a draftsman. Between 1943-47, Mr. Brydegaard worked as ‘Draftsman & Chief’ for William P. Lodge Architect. Prior to opening up his own office at 423 Date Street (in November, 1948), the young man served as Draftsman & Designer for Sam W. Hammill, Architect (1947-48). In 1947, Herluf returned to Europe where according to him “...a five months study and field trip was made to Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.”
He became a licensed architect in California in 1948 and became an associate of the San Diego chapter of the AIA in 1949. In his 1955 AIA membership application, ‘Proposer’ Lloyd Ruocco stated that he had known Herluf for 15 years. While Lloyd and Herluf collaborated professionally, the enduring friendship between their wives, Ilse and Marguerite, and with people like ceramic artist Laura Andreson kept their views of design and creativity at the edge of contemporary thought through much of their careers.
Brydegaard’s office served as a starting ground for local architects as well. For example, shortly after becoming licensed, in 1950, architect Robert Ferris worked as Project Architect in Brydegaard’s office and in 1952 when one of the first young grads from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s architecture school, Homer Delawie, arrived in San Diego he joined up with the 10-person office.
Partial List of Projects
Apartment Building (1954)
Donald Residence and Addition (1949)
Clairemont Branch Public
Clairemont Junior High School (1954)
George Washington Carver Elementary School (1954-55)
Grossmont High School Master Plan and Additions (1955-59)
Harvey J. Jewis Junior High School (1958)
J & A
John Ballantyne Elementary School Additions and Alterations (1956)
John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School (1952-54)
KFSD TV, AM, FM (1958)
Magnolia Valley Elementary School and Additions (1956-58)
Monte Vista High School
Mount Miguel Senior High School (1959)
Private Residence (1956)
Southwest High School (1954-56)
Will Angier School