Modern Designers

John G. Dinkeloo

Design Profession: Architect

Building Types: Civic, Commercial, Cultural

John Gerard Dinkeloo was born in Holland, Michigan, in 1918.  He attended Hope College, also located in Holland, from 1936-1939, and then enrolled at the University of Michigan and was graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in Architecture Engineering degree in 1942. 

After graduation, Dinkeloo served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, and, after the war, joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, first as a designer and later as Chief of Production.

In 1950, Dinkeloo left SOM and returned to Michigan where he joined Eero Saarinen and Associates in Bloomfield Hills, and was named a partner in 1956.  While with the Saarinen firm, Dinkeloo was involved with the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport, Dulles Airport, the Gateway Arch, and the Morse and Stiles colleges at Yale University.

After Eero's death in 1961, Dinkeloo continued the Saarinen firm with fellow partners Kevin Roche and Joseph N. Lacy, completing ten major projects.  The firm later moved to Hamden, Connecticut and was renamed Kevin Roche, Roche Dinkeloo & Associates, in 1966.

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