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He graduated from the University of Washington in 1927 with a degree in architecture. He and classmate Walter Wurdeman partnered with Charles F. Plummer after settling in Los Angeles in the early 1930s. The team worked on the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, leading to many other residential jobs, some of which were for celebrities like James Cagney and Robert Montgomery.
Becket was born in Seattle, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington program in Architecture in 1927 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree (B.Arch.).
He moved to Los Angeles in 1933 and formed a partnership with his University of Washington classmate Walter Wurdeman and Angelean architect Charles F. Plummer. Their first major commission was the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in 1935, which won them residential jobs from James Cagney, Robert Montgomery, and other film celebrities. Plummer died in 1939.
After Wurdeman's death in 1949, Becket formed Welton Becket and Associates and continued to grow the firm to the extent that it was one of the largest architectural offices in the world by the time of his death in 1969. In 1987, his firm was acquired by Ellerbe Associates, and the merged firm continued as Ellerbe Becket until the end of 2009, when it was acquired by AECOM. It is now known as Ellerbe Becket, an AECOM Company.
Welton Becket was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1952.
With The Walt Disney Company and the United States Steel Corporation, Becket's firm co-designed Disney's Contemporary Resort, which opened in 1971 at Walt Disney World Resort. The Contemporary was designed as a 14-story steel A-frame with a monorail running through the building. Modular guest rooms were assembled, finished, furnished, fully equipped and their doors locked, on the ground, then lifted by crane and inserted into the frame; however, this sometimes took multiple tries.
Currently, Welton Becket is 119 years, 5 months and 14 days old. Welton Becket will celebrate 120th birthday on a Monday 8th of August 2022.
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