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Walter H. Lewis (1928-2013) became assistant professor of architecture at the University of Illinois in 1958, associate professor in 1962, full professor in 1967, and retired as professor emeritus in 1992. Lewis was known for his excellence in teaching, as well as for his work in housing, environmental regional planning, construction technology, and regulatory code administration and enforcement. At the School of Architecture, Lewis chaired the Administration-Communication-Technology (A-C-T) Teaching Division and was the coordinator of the Architectural Practice Option. He also pioneered and coordinated a program that awards the Master of Architecture degree along with the Master of Science in Civil Engineering-Construction Management degree; this program is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. In 1976, Lewis formed the Professional Practice Resource Group--a panel of noted Illinois architects who visit the school to provide "hands-on" experience for architecture students of all levels. This group has since then evolved as a resource board and liaison between the professional and academic spheres.
Lewis's papers include biographical sketches and his sabbatical applications. During these sabbaticals he wrote the Construction book of the US Savings and Loan League's Construction Lending Guide, gave talks sponsored by the US Savings and Loan League, and worked as a research architect for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. The papers also contain syllabi, assignments, and lecture notes of courses he taught; final design project reports for courses: "Architecture 271, 272, and 371 – information plaza project (Champaign-Urbana)", "Architecture 372 – design potential study for the Rotary Hill Picnic Ground", and Architecture 372 – Housing for the Elderly: Proposal for Jeff VanderLou;" Of particular importance are the folders on Architecture 548 and 593-CX: a case study of the construction of the Ikenberry Commons dormitory in conjunction with Turner Construction Company, including meeting notes, assignments, construction photos, and a final report binder. His papers also contain conference programs, presentation notes and summaries, as well as movie scripts of short, educational movies created by Lewis. Included is one of his publications: "Finally, Building Code Problems are being Solved" Home Building Report (1970); one of his architectural design works, the Eades Arbours project -- a residential area in Savoy, Illinois. Lewis's papers include materials related to his Creating Better Community Environments presentations at conferences, schools, for legislators and land planners for instance emphasizing the importance of environmental design and energy conservation. Included here are e.g. write ups about these talks, presentation summaries, presentation handouts, blank program evaluations. Also in the collection are slides of the Eades Arbours site and his design drawings, the construction of the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, some of Lewis's presentations, and indexes to teaching slides. These slides are arranged according to the Savings and Loan League's Construction Lending Guide categories. The collection also includes photographs taken of the University of Illinois campus and campus town (c. 1970s), and architectural plans by Lewis for the William Olson Residence, Eagle Ridge Subdivision.
Organized into 4 series: Series 1, Biographical, 1903 - 2012, arranged alphabetically; Series 2, Courses, 1955-2011, arranged by course number, course materials with no course number listed at the beginning; Series 3, Subject Files, 1962-2011, arranged by topic and alphabetically within; and Series 4, 1963-2003, Slides, Photographs, and Architectural Plans.