In Memory of Paul Bailly, AIA, 1931-2012
Last Updated: March 6, 2012
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
Celebrating the Art of Residential Architecture in California
AIA Los Angeles commemorates the life and work of architect, educator and longtime AIA member Paul Bailly, who passed away on February 8.
A distinguished designer and scholar of architecture in Southern California, Paul made his formidable mark in single-family architecture.
For the past five decades, Paul was an educator at both the USC School of Architecture and the UCLA Department of Design, and had been a visiting architectural critic at the University of Utah.
Paul holds a Master of Architecture from M.I.T., after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from University of Minnesota's School of Architecture, with High Distinction. He was a licensed Architect in California, Arizona and Minnesota; held the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification; was a Certified Interior Designer, State of California; belonged to the American Institute of Architects; and was active in the Environmental Goals Committee for the City of Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Paul lived and worked in Los Angeles throughout his professional life. He gained early experience at Victor Gruen Associates and Charles Luckman Associates - then flourishing in his private practice in West Los Angeles, since 1962. In the early 1970's, he began specializing in custom single-family residential architecture.
Paul was also the architect for many known personalities in California, including: Hugh Hefner, Wolfgang Puck, Peter Norton, Brian Wilson, Kevin Huvane, Garry Marshall, Mick Fleetwood, George Furth, Carrie Fisher, Louis L'Amour, Bobby Vinton, James Burrows, David Doyle, Larry Kasdan, Pernell Roberts, Linda Lavin, Jean Peters, Rick Springfield, Burt Sugerman, Jesse Unruh, and many, many more.
"As a 'Family Architect,' my goal has been to lift the quality of family life through sensitive aesthetic, and functional planning and design -- enhancing the Art of Living," said Paul. "Through innovations, designs are able to satisfy specific family needs and realize their expressed wishes."
Respecting homeowner stylistic preferences, his body of work reflects this through the many traditional and modern homes he designed. As an ongoing student of single-family residential architecture, Paul Bailly visited hundreds of architecturally-significant houses all over the world, and compiled an extensive slide library of thousands of images depicting the numerous stylistic features and details of these noteworthy homes.
Over the years of his practice, Paul put together an ensemble of tried and true craftspeople, in various disciplines, to carry out the themes and details of his designs. "My mission is to produce functional houses and remodels with innovation," said Paul. "Planning and design are to be consistent with the existing or desired style and space."
Paul was married to his wife Ginger for 52 years, who was very active in the arts as well as in many social issues of our times. She passed away in 2007, and together they raised their three children -- all following their father in the arts where form meets function. "My father was so active, loving every minute of life; traveling around the world, always passionate about his new architectural projects, and he poured his soul into teaching students at USC and UCLA -- up until the day he died," said daughter Leslie Bailly.
Bailly is survived by his daughter, Catherine Bailly Dunne, A.S.I.D., an accomplished interior designer and author of "Designing for All Five Senses," residing in Pacific Palisades, California; his son and partner, Paul Charles Bailly, also a custom home designer and screenwriter living in Buenos Aires; and his daughter, Leslie Lucille Bailly, an award-winning architect who has dedicated much of her time to Habitat for Humanity and public school projects - residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bailly has two grandchildren, Alexis Bailly Dunne and Kaitlyn Bailly Dunne.
"I will remember my dad for being an extraordinarily loyal and caring husband to my mom, an amazingly loving dad, and a great friend to so many people he meaningfully touched in his life," said daughter Catherine Dunne.
A memorial will be held privately on March 10.