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Edward Fickett (Primary)
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Architect/Designer
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1916-05-19 (Birth Date)
1999-05-21 (Death Date)
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Edward Hale Fickett, FAIA, May 19, 1916 -May 21, 1999) was a nationally recognized, award-winning architect who was a consultant to federal and local governments in the United States and to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Graduating from the University of Southern California in 1937 with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Fickett received a Master's Degree in Architecture, Engineering and City Planning at MIT. He also attended Art Center College of Design from 1939–1941 and was a draftsman under the architects Paul Williams, Sumner Spaulding, and Gordon B. Kaufman, architect of Santa Anita Park Racetrack. After World War II, Ficket formulated and participated in the AIA University Lecture series. He was Architectural Advisor to Eisenhower and Consultant to the Federal Government on Housing, responsible for updating and rewriting the specifications and guidelines for the FHA, VA, HUD, and other government agencies. Through his work with such notable developers as Joseph Eichler, Fickett designed more than 60,000 post-war homes, along the way pioneering and promoting many of the concepts now seen as synonymous with California Modernism. Upon his passing in 1999, the American Institute of Architects named him "An American Hero," and President Bill Clinton presented his widow, with a letter of condolence and an American flag. Some of his notable designs include La Costa Resort near San Diego, Edwards Air Force Base, the Naval Air Station at Los Alamitos, California Los Alamitos, Murphy Canyon Heights Naval Base in San Diego, La Jolla Fashion Center, the Bistro Gardens restaurant in Beverly Hills, Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, Scandia Restaurant, Nick's Fish Market Restaurant, Olie Hammond's Restaurant in Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles Los Angeles Harbor (Port of L.A.) Passenger and Cargo Terminals, the historic and seismic renovation of the Los Angeles City Hall Tower (Phase I), the new extension of the Nethercutt Antique Car Museum, the Los Angeles Police Academy, Dodger Stadium, Ocotillo Lodge, Hotel Palm Springs, Mammoth Mountain Inn, Las Cruces Resort, Hotel Cabo San Lucas, Hotel Hacienda, and various commercial developments. A proponent of pre-fabricated design and affordable housing, Edward Fickett is perhaps best known for the more than 60,000 homes of his design, known as “Fickett Houses.” He was also known as the "Architect to the Stars", having designed magnificent estates for the the Hollywood glitterati. He was also nicknamed the King of the Tennis Courts, having been the first architect to design cantilever tennis courts.

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