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Allan Temko

Born: Feb 4, 1924

Death: Jan 25, 2006

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Allan Temko

Date of Birth : Feb 4, 1924
Date of Death : Jan 25, 2006
Birth Place : New York City

Allan Bernard Temko was a Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic and writer based in San Francisco. Born in New York City and raised in Weehawken, New Jersey, Temko served as a U.S. Navy officer in World War II, graduated from Columbia University in 1947, and continued his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He taught for several years in France and produced a landmark book about the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Notre Dame of Paris, in 1955. He wrote architectural criticism for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1961 to 1993. He also taught city planning and the social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, Hayward. Following Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen's death in 1961, Temko published Eero Saarinen, a critical examination of Saarinen's most famous works from the General Motors Technical Center to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and its Gateway Arch, as a volume in George Braziller's Makers of Contemporary Architecture series.


  • Writer
  • Architectural Critic

Also known as

  • Allan Bernard Temko

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
  • Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
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