Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
Anderson, Guy
Antelline, Jon P.
Applebaum, Norm
Batter-Kay Associates
Beadle, Alfred
Beckett, Welton
Benedict, Hiram Hudson
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
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
Jones, A. Quincy
Jones, Robert E.
Kahn, Louis
Kellogg, Dick
Kellogg, Kendrick Bangs
Kesling, William
Killingsworth, Brady & Smith
Kowalski, Joseph
Krisel, William
Ladd, Thornton
Lareau, Richard
Lautner, John
Leitch, Richard
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, William
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

Arthur Lee Simpson and Joseph William Gerber

Kriege Residence (1962)

The firm of Simpson & Gerber Architects, founded in 1962, closed its doors in 1995 the year Joe Gerber died of Alzheimers. Through the decades the firm enjoyed a number of residential commissions throughout San Diego (e.g. Oaks North in Rancho Bernardo) and a number of commercial projects (especially hospitals) across the U.S. According to Mr. Simpson, the office was the largest office in San Diego during the peak of their hospital work. In 1968, the office raised local eyebrows when they voluntarily raised their staff’s wages 20%.  The local chapter of the AIA held a special meeting to discuss the ramifications of this wage increase on other local firms. Fellow architects like Ward Deems reached out to the team to gain the backstory behind such unprecedented raises.

Arthur L. Simpson grew up in Fort Bragg, CA where, in high school, an aptitude test reported that a good career option for him was as an architect. He attended Cal (1951-56) where he signed up for ROTC and served at Fort Ord. Following graduation, with an appreciation of Le Corbusier’s work, he drove south the San Diego not long after interviewing at William Wurster’s office. In 1956, his first job was in Tom Shephard’s office. Shortly thereafter he would gain experience in the offices of Richard Wheeler (alongside Gayne Wimer), Frank Hope and Henry Hester. Of the latter experience, Art would recall it was a place where “…every detail was a work of art.” He joined the San Diego chapter of the AIA in 1961 initiating Simpson & Gerber Architects with Joseph Gerber at 7911 Herschel Avenue Suite #410, La Jolla.

Joseph William Gerber was born (October 5, 1930) in Rochester, New York, secured his BA in architecture from the University of Michigan and served in the US Navy (between 1951-55) before moving to San Diego. Joe worked for Lloyde Therkelsen prior to joining George Hatch’s office (where he and Art Simpson worked together). Following a stint with Tucker, Sadler & Bennett he reconnected with Art to create their own firm.

Following service to the local AIA chapter on its membership committee (1966-67), Joe Gerber served as the chapter's chairman in 1967.

According to author Dirk Sutro, “Some of Simpson & Gerber’s best-known designs are clean-lined La Jolla beach houses covered with rustic wood siding, and the Revelle College Provost’s Office draws from their residential work.” The Revelle College Provost wanted a glass building, according to Mr. Simpson, as he “…did not want anything between he and the students [at a time of campus student uprisings].” Joe Gerber created a structural roof system so it could be wrapped in glass.

Partial List of Projects

Delano Community Hospital (1969)
Delano, CA

Ellis Residence Addition (1962)
4551 South Lane, Del Mar
Pool-Cabana Addition to a house attributed to Lloyde Therkelsen (ca. 1959)

Gerber, Joseph Residence (1970)
421 Serpentine Drive, Del Mar

Kriege, Jack and Peggy Residence Remodel (1962)
2012 Santa Fe Avenue, Del Mar

Laguna Hills Convalescent Hospital (1969)
Laguna Hills

Masek Residence #1 (1967)
1439 Calle Altura, La Jolla

Masek Residence #2 (1972)
La Jolla Shores, La Jolla

Masek, Lois and George Residence
727 J Ave. Coronado

Masek Residence
Costebelle Drive La Jolla
Demolished in the 1980s

Neeley Residence #1
Del Mar

Nuuanu Doctors Hopsital and Clinic (1969)
Gerber served as Associate Architect with Wilson/Okamoto Architects & Engineers

Private Residence (1978)
12911 Via Latina, Del Mar

Private Residence (1973)
8521 El Paseo Grande
AIA Award of Merit on 10/19/74,
Published in San Diego Magazine November 1974

Revelle College Provost's Office (1967-68)
UC San Diego

Seven Lamps Office Building (1974)
Prospect Street (possibly at 7825 Ivanhoe), La Jolla
AIA Award, 1974. Published in San Diego Magazine (November 1974

Simpson, Art Residence (1969)
4875 Academy Street

US Navy Barracks (1967)
San Diego