Alfred M. Kemper, AIA, 1933-2016
Alfred M. Kemper, AIA, died surrounded by his family on the evening of Thursday the 3rd of March after a lengthy illness. Alfred studied at the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany and at the Columbia University School of Architecture. Upon moving to Los Angeles he worked for Daniel Dworsky, Martin Stern and DMJM before starting his own office in Century City. He was involved in the design of several early casinos in Las Vegas including the Sahara and Sands. In his own practice he designed numerous office buildings, hotels and housing in California, Canada, Germany and Mexico.
Alfred was the author and editor of numerous books including ‘Drawings by American Architects’, ‘Architectural Handbook’ and ‘Pioneers of CAD in Architecture.’ He founded the Architectural Licensing Seminars (ALS) in 1968 to help individuals study for the architectural licensing examination and was a lecturer in the schools of architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Woodbury University.
Alfred was an early advocate of the use of computers in architecture and worked with several start-up computer firms educating them on how this new technology could help architects. He also worked in the motion picture industry as an art director on numerous films and developed a short film promoting the metric system. In the early 90’s he worked as architect, contractor and developer to revitalize the Venice area of Los Angeles and later in the Topanga Canyon area. He lived in Upland, California at the time of his death.
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