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Adrian Wilson; Architect for L.A. Buildings

February 06, 1988

Adrian Wilson, chief or associate architect on many landmark downtown Los Angeles public buildings, died Wednesday at a La Crescenta convalescent home.

He was 90 and had sold the Adrian Wilson Associates architectural firm he founded in 1929 to TI Corp. After the 1970 sale he remained active as a consultant, said his daughter, Jane Higley.

In his four-decade career he was the architect of record for Schoenberg Center at USC, the Los Angeles County Courthouse, dedicated in 1958, and the 1942 Pueblo del Rio Public Housing project in Vernon, noted for its individual garden plots and fruit trees.

With the late Paul Williams and other colleagues Wilson was involved with the Los Angeles Criminal Courts and the Hall of Administration buildings, as well as the Anaheim, Las Vegas and Honolulu convention centers.

Location of Offices

Wilson, a past president of the Southern California chapter of the American Institute of Architects, established the offices in Japan, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines, Turkey and Thailand that TI Corp. expanded into an international architectural network.

For his work at Terminal Island during World War II he was made an honorary Seabee by the Navy. In both 1960 and 1968 the Navy also honored Wilson and his firm for work done in Saigon. Among his other honors was being chosen a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

His other survivors include five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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