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NOCA MODERN Architect Detail


Ernest J. Kump Jr. is internationally renowned as a progressive California Modernist and expert in school design. Born in Bakersfield in 1911, Kump received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1932 and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he studied under Walter Gropius. In 1937 Kump joined C.H. Franklin and established the firm of Franklin & Kump with offices in Fresno and Bakersfield. The pair’s first notable project was the ultra-Modern Fresno City Hall (1941), which garnered national attention and earned Kump the role of a public spokesman for the Modern movement. By 1947 Kump was regarded as a specialist in school architecture and went on to form his own firm: Ernest Kump and Associates, with offices in Palo Alto and New York. Kump’s 1962 design for Foothill College in Los Altos was lauded as a masterpiece of campus planning and design and likely landed him the position of architect for both DeAnza College (1967) and Crown College at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1967). Other notable Ernest Kump projects include Cabrillo College in Aptos (1965), San Joaquin Delta College (1973), and high schools in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Mountain View. Kump was also the architect for the University of California, Santa Cruz Hahn Student Services building, the first building constructed on the campus, and Crown College.

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