Paul Schweikher

Robert Paul Schweikher (1903–1997) was born in Den­ver, Col­orado in 1903 to a fam­ily of musi­cians. He orig­i­nally trained at the Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado for a year (1921–22) before mar­ry­ing his wife Dorothy. He moved with her to Chicago, Illi­nois and stud­ied at The Art Insti­tute of Chicago while work­ing for the firm Lowe & Bol­len­bacher. Schweikher worked his way up from a clerk to a con­struc­tion super­vi­sor. After two-and-a-half years at the firm, Schweikher left to join David Adler’s prac­tice. Among the projects that Schweikher worked on was William McCormick Blair Estate in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

He later stud­ied at the Armour Insti­tute of Techonol­ogy before again trans­fer­ring to, and receiv­ing a degree from, the Yale School of Archi­tec­ture. He returned to Chicago after his school­ing in 1930 and estab­lished a prac­tice with Fred Keck and Philip Maher. He quickly rose to promi­nence, and his works were included in an exhi­bi­tion at the Museum of Mod­ern Art in 1933. His work was also exhib­ited at the Cen­tury of Progress Inter­na­tional Expo­si­tion. Schweikher joined the prac­tice of Lamb and Elt­ing in 1934 (later renamed Schweikher and Elting).

In 1953, Schweikher was named chair­man of the Yale School of Archi­tec­ture. Five Years later, he resigned from the uni­ver­sity to take a posi­tion as head of the Carnegie School of Archi­tec­ture in Pitts­burgh. He retired in 1970 and moved to Sedona, Ari­zona, where he opened a small prac­tice. Schweikher passed away in 1997.

The Art Insti­tute of Chicago has an oral his­tory with Paul Schweikher avail­able online as part of the Chicago Archi­tects Oral His­tory Project.