Pierre Francis Koenig, FAIA (1925-2004), is an iconic figure in modern architecture. He was born on October 17, 1925, in San Francisco and is famous for his revolutionary designs that merge features, shapes, and the spirit of his technology.

His family moved to Los Angeles in 1939. After serving in the Army from 1943 to 1946, he attended the University of Utah, Pasadena City College, and USC-LA, graduating in 1952.

In 1952, he founded his design firm and constructed 43 exposed steel and glass buildings. In addition to his private practice, he served as a professor at the School of Architecture at USC for 40 years. 1998, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus and professor at USC

Structural engineer William Porush was Koenig’s frequent (and necessary) partner for these innovative steel buildings.

Beyond his residential projects, Koenig’s influence extended to educational and institutional buildings, including the innovative Engineering Building at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, completed in 1969.

Throughout his career, Koenig remained steadfast in his commitment to pushing the boundaries of architectural design. Pierre Francis Koenig embraced new materials and technologies while staying true to his modernist principles.

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