Fred Linn Osmon – Design and the Arts Library Collections

Drawings and Papers:  1950s-2000s

32 oversize folders and 10 boxes, c. 14 linear feet


Fred Linn Osmon earned a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and studied under Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master’s degree.  He served in the United States Air Force, worked in several top architectural firms, and was an architectural research associate at Educational Facilities Laboratories (EFL) of the Ford Foundation. 

Mr. Osmon taught at the University of California, Berkeley for five years before beginning his architectural practice in Arizona in 1973.  He taught several design courses and a course on utopian housing at Arizona State University.  His architectural projects have focused on building ecologically-sound and beautiful environments in the Sonoran Desert.

The collection consists of architectural drawings produced for projects (residential, commercial, medical, educational) by Fred Linn Osmon, as well as files documenting Osmon's life and professional career as an architect and teacher.  

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Click here to view selected images from the Osmon Collection on the Library Guide to Arizona Architecture from the Archives