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, Los Angeles, California, 1936
(b. March 28, 1908; d. January 9, 1988) "Gregory Ain was an American architect active in the mid-20th century. Working primarily in the Los Angeles area, Ain is best known for bringing elements of modernism to lower- and medium-cost housing.
"Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1908, Ain attended the University of Southern California School of Architecture in 1927Ð28. After finishing his studies, he worked for Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra, where his mixed feelings about his Beaux Arts training at USC took further root as he developed a largely modernist architectural vocabulary.
"Working on his own commissions from 1935 forward, Ain's first built projects, the Charles Edwards Residence and the first Anselem Ernst House, reflect Schindler's influence strongly. Ain's best-known effort, Dunsmuir Flats, designed in 1937, brought in Neutra's influence in greater measure, but also displayed Ain's own ideas, limiting building costs while combining both privacy and exterior light. With his public stature increasing significantly, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1940, allowing him to focus on efforts that led to larger projects at the end of World War II, including Park Planned Homes, the Mar Vista Housing Development, and the Avenel Housing Project.
"From 1963 to 1967, Ain served as the Dean of the Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture. He died in 1988."
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Gregory Ain, Harriette Von Breton, Lauren Weiss, David Gebhard, and Lauren Weiss Bricker. The Architecture of Gregory Ain: The Play Between the Rational and High Art. Santa Monica, California: Hennessey & Ingalls, 1997. ISBN 0-940512-06-8
Anthony Denzer. "Gregory Ain and the Social Politics of Housing Design," Ph.D. dissertation, UCLA, June 2005.
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