The Edward A. Killingsworth papers span 358 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to circa 2004. The collection is composed
of correspondence organized chronologically, Killingsworth’s student work at the University of Southern California, personal
(travel photographs) and professional (organized by project) black-and-white photographs, newspapers clippings, lectures,
American Institute of Architects annual reports, office manuals, meeting minutes, awards, press releases, telephone logs organized
chronologically, and project records containing architectural drawings and reprographic copies, correspondence, calculations,
and project proposals. This collection also includes 18 models.
Edward Abel Killingsworth was born in Taft, California in 1917. He attended the University of Southern California where he
began his academic career studying painting but after a year, decided to switch his course of study to architecture. Killingsworth
graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1940. He served in WWII as a Captain in the Army Corps of
Engineers where he supervised the production of more than 8 million photo-maps in preparation of the allied invasion of Europe.
After being discharged from the military in 1946, Killingsworth got a job as a draftsman at the Kenneth S. Wing architectural
firm, a job he kept until 1953. In 1953, Killingsworth partnered with Jules Brady and Waugh Smith to form Killingsworth, Brady
and Smith Associates. The firm designed Case Study House 25 also known as the Frank House, the Richard Opdahl House, and Case
Study House 23 also known as the Triad. Killingsworth, Brady and Smith Associates dissolved in 1962. In 1963, Killingsworth
continued his partnership with Brady as Killingsworth, Brady and Associates. Then in 1984 Killingsworth became a partner in
Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson and Associate Incorporated. Over his career, Killingsworth won over 42 American
Institute of Architects awards. His projects became known for their tall doors, glass walls, association with exterior planting,
and the integration of his buildings with the environment. As time progressed Killingsworth’s projects grew in size from residential
buildings in Southern California to luxury hotels in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia. He served as
the master planning architect for California State Long beach for more than 40 years. Edward A. Killingsworth died on July
6, 2004, at the age of 86.