Lewis, Walter H. (1928-2013) | University of Illinois Archives

Name: Lewis, Walter H. (1928-2013)

Historical Note:

Walter H. Lewis (1928-2013) was born in Fairmount, Illinois, to Walter H. and Mildred (Stultz) Lewis. He served in the U. S. Army after World War II and was one of the guards at the Nuremberg trials. Upon returning to the U. S., Lewis studied at Illinois Wesleyan University and at the University of Illinois (1948-1954) obtaining degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering.

Walter Lewis taught as professor at the University of Illinois Department of Architecture from 1958 to 1992 and was known for his excellent teaching and early emphasis on community involvement, environmental concerns and accessibility issues as they relate to architecture. He is the co-author of the seminal text-book, Construction: principles, materials & methods, by John L. Schmidt, Walter H. Lewis, Harold Bennett Olin, first published in 1969.

Upon retirement he continued to teach as professor emeritus until December 2012. He served as Chair of the Technology and Practice Division of the Department of Architecture, worked as senior project archivist for Architectural Spectrum (a Champaign architecture firm, which merged with MSA Professional Services in 2010), and was involved in designing several local buildings and developments including his family homes.

Walter Lewis was inducted to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows and served on its board as well as chair of the Illinois Architectural Licensing Board.

Sources: The Illinois School of Architecture (UIUC), http://www.arch.illinois.edu/node/206 (accessed March 9th 2015); The Heath and Vaugn Funeral Home Obituary, http://www.heathandvaughn.com/lewis,_walter.html (accessed March 9th 2015).
Note Author: Susanne Belovari

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