Edward A. Killingsworth (1917-2004): Hotels


Edward Abel Killingsworth was born in Taft, California in 1917. He attended the University of Southern California where he began his academic career studying painting but after a year, decided to switch his course of study to architecture. Killingsworth graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1940.
He served in WWII as a Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers where he supervised the production of more than 8 million photo-maps in preparation of the allied invasion of Europe. After being discharged from the military in 1946, Killingsworth got a job as a draftsman at the Kenneth S. Wing architectural firm, a job he kept until 1953.
In 1953, Killingsworth partnered with Jules Brady and Waugh Smith to form Killingsworth, Brady and Smith Associates. The firm designed Case Study House 25 also known as the Frank House, the Richard Opdahl House, and the Case Study House Triad. Killingsworth, Brady and Smith Associates dissolved in 1962. In 1963, Killingsworth continued his partnership with Brady as Killingsworth, Brady and Associates. Then in 1984 Killingsworth became a partner in Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson and Associate Incorporated.
Over his career, Killingsworth won over 42 American Institute of Architects awards. His projects became known for their tall doors, glass walls, association with exterior planting, and the integration of his buildings with the environment. As time progressed Killingsworth’s projects grew in size from residential buildings in Southern California to luxury hotels in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia. He served as the master planning architect for California State Long Beach for more than 40 years. Edward A. Killingsworth died on July 6, 2004, at the age of 86.


Edward A. Killingsworth, architect
Jules Brady, architect
Waugh Smith, architect
Julius Shulman, photographer


Edward A. Killingsworth papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara


circa 1940-2006


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Collection Items

Edward Killingsworth: Hilton Inn (El Paso, Tex.)
In one of his earliest projects for the Hilton Hotel chain, this airport hotel in El Paso utilized many of the hallmarks of Killingsworth's style. The six interconnected low-slung, two story buildings had walls of glass in the lobby, with a wide…

Edward Killingsworth: Hilton Kahala (Honolulu, HI)
The Kahala Hilton was one of Killingsworth's first luxury hotels. With 300 rooms and suites, all air conditioned, surrounded on three sides by golf courses and direct beach access, the hotel featured state of the art luxury amenities. The ten story…

Edward Killingsworth: Hilton Jakarta (Jakarta, Indonesia)
The Jakarta Hilton was built using indigenous craftspeople to add traditional cultural elements to the design of the hotel. The 14 story hotel included 406 rooms, with long-term rental cottages also available on the 32 acre hotel property. The hotel…

Edward Killingsworth: Boca Beach Club (Boca Raton, Fla.)
The Boca Beach Club was a luxury resort in Boca Raton, Florida, perched on a piece of land surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal waterway. The hotel featured 212 rooms, 147 oceanfront cabanas, 5 lounges, and two restaurants on site.

Edward Killingsworth: Phoenician Hotel (Phoenix, Ariz.)
The Phoenician Resort, at the base of Camelback Mountain just outside of Phoenix, was designed as a very high end luxury hotel and spa. It initially had 604 rooms, 132 casitas, 9 Steinway grand pianos, and exterior tropical landscaping designed by…

Edward Killingsworth: Princess Reforma Hotel (Mexico City, Mexico)
The Princess Reforma hotel was an unbuilt design that reached the stage of having a scale model built and photographed by renown architectural photographer Julius Shulman. The hotel was to feature a tall, thin tower to house the majority of the hotel…

Edward Killingsworth: Marriott Airport Hotel (Long Beach, Calif.)
The firm Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson & Associates designed and built many high-end luxury hotels throughout the world during the 1980s. This Marriott was built close to their home office in Long Beach. It was also conveniently located…

Edward Killingsworth: Halekulani Hotel (Honolulu, HI)
The Halekulani Hotel's name means "House Befitting Heaven" in the native Hawaiian language of the people of the Waikiki beach area. The location for the hotel had been the site of various guest accommodations and hotels since the early 1900s. The 453…

Edward Killlingsworth: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel (Big Island, Hawaii)
The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii was designed to be one of the top luxury resort hotels in the world. The 345 room hotel also contained separate bungalows designed by the firm, which were each 4000 square feet in size and were…

Edward Killingsworth: Del Ray Hotel (San Diego, Calif.)
The Del Ray Hotel / Apartments / Shopping center complex in San Diego, was one of Killingsworth's first multi-family dwelling projects. It was designed to provide for all of the necessities in one location. With a large outdoor pool area, landscaped…

Edward Killingsworth portraits
The Killingsworth collection contains many photographs of Edward Killingsworth at job sites, ground breaking ceremonies, and discussing projects with groups of people.
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