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NOCA MODERN Architect Detail

Body of Work:
El Camino High School

Donald Francis Haines was born in Hawaii in 1915. He studied architecture under the direction of Carl Schubert at the University of Minnesota. His professional career began at the firm Boyum, Schubert and Sorensen.

During World War II, Haines worked on a number of projects for the United States Navy in Hawaii. By the close of the war, he had joined the New York-based firm of York and Sawyer. He would later form a partnership with the Honolulu-based architect Robert Miller. In 1948, Haines relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a project architect for the firm, Angus McSweeney & Associates.

In 1953, Haines established his own practice, Donald F. Haines & Associates, in San Jose. Although best known for the design of San Jose’s modern City Hall (1958), the firm was highly prolific in the 1950s and 1960s, ultimately specializing in public school design. Following Haines’ retirement in 1970, the firm was renamed Haines Tatarian Ipsen & Associates.

Body of Work includes:

San Jose City Hall (1958); El Camino High School, South San Francisco (1962); Daly City Civic Center (1967)



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