Paul Rudolph was born on October 23 1918 in Elton, Kentucky. His farther was a minister. His early years were spent moving from church to church in the country. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Auburn University in 1940. He studied at Harvard University Graduate School of Design to study with Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Bauhaus was a proponent of German Art School (1913-1933). It sought to combine crafts and fine arts.
3 years later, he left Harvard to serve in the U.S. Navy for 3 years. He returned to Harvard to receive his Master’s degree in 1947. He was considered to be one of the pioneers of the Sarasota School of Architecture.
After completion of his studies at Harvard, he moved to Sarasota. He worked as an associate and then partner with Ralph Twitchel until 1952. He then formed his own practice.
During this time, he worked on the following projects: the Healey Guest House 1950, Riverview High School 1957, Addition to Sarasota High School 1960.
In 1958, Rudolph accepted the chairmanship of Yale University Department of Architecture. He held this position for 6 years. During this time period, he worked on the following projects: Temple Street Parking Garage in New Haven 1961, Yale Art and Architecture Building 1961, Jewett Art Center at Wellesley College 1958, and the Milam Residence outside Jacksonville
Cocoon House aka Healey Guest House. Sissy Key, Sarasota. Built 1948 Architects Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell
Sarasota High School Addition architect Paul Rudolph Built 1960
Jewett Art Center at Wellesley. Built 1958. Architect Paul Rudolph Drawing
Chapel Tuskegee Institute. 1969. Architect Paul Rudolph. Original design finished concrete. Changed to steel framed brick clad building. Architectural Rendings
Bond Center Hong Kong 1984–1988 Architects Paul Rudolph and Nora Leung
Colonnade Condominium 1980–1987 Singapore Paul Rudolph, Architect
In 1958, Rudolph received a commission to develop a master plan for the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He also collaborated with graduates of architecture school to design a new chapel building. The chapel was built 1960-69. It was originally to be constructed and finished in concrete. However due to high cost estimate, it was redesigned to be a steel framed, brick clad building.
Other projects included Government Service Center Boston, , First Church Boston, Endo Pharmaceuticals Building, Dana Art Center at Colgate University, Burroughs Wellcome Headquarters in North Carolina, Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo.
Rudolph died in 1997 of peritoneal mesothelioma.