Stein, Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen Stein (1912- 2001)

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Joseph Allen Stein was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Stein’s architectural education began at the University of Illinois in the mid-1930s. He went on to study in France at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Fountainebleau before returning to Illinois to pursue graduate studies. Stein attended the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan as a Fellow in Architecture and City Planning before moving to New York to work for Ely Jacques Kahn. In 1938 Stein moved to Los Angeles where he worked for Richard Neutra. He then worked in association with Gregory Ain before moving to San Francisco to open his own practice following the Second World War. Stein with John Funk, Garrett Eckbo and Robert Royston developed designs for the 1947 Ladera Cooperative in Palo Alto. In 1952, Stein moved to India where he served as the head of the department of architecture at the Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta. He spent the remainder of his career in India, retiring in 1995.

The Joseph Allen Stein Collection consists of architectural drawings that document the buildings he designed in India from the early 1950s through the 1970s.