PHOTO: Pauley Pavilion, Welton Becket , courtesy UCLA Library

Robert Tyler, FAIA, 1926-2018

AIA Los Angeles remembers Robert Tyler, FAIA, who passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Laguna Beach, CA, at the age of 92.

Bob served in the Navy during World War II. He was married to Eleanore Catherine “Kay” Hines from 1952 until her death in 1997. Bob and Kay raised their three children in the home Bob designed in Tarzana. Bob married Beverly Duke in 2004 and they moved to Laguna Beach in 2008.


He graduated with a B.Arch. from the University of Southern California in 1952, and became a designer with the firm of Edward H. Fickett, AIA. For many years he was Director of Design for Welton Beckett and Associates, where he was responsible for the design of such notable buildings as the Contemporary Resort Hotel at Disney World and the Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. He also became principal of his own firm, Robert Tyler, Architect.

Robert joined the American Institute of Architects, Southern CA Chapter in 1954, and became a Registered Architect in the State of CA in 1962. He led the AIA Los Angeles Chapter as President in 1983.

Bob is survived by his three children, Linda Pfeifer of Camarillo, Karen Arroyo of North Hills and Bob Tyler of Laguna Beach, in addition to five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. A private burial was held at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, and a celebration of Bob’s life was held in Laguna Beach on July 28.


PHOTO: Banner: Pauley Pavilion, Welton Becket and Associates, courtesy of UCLA Library University Archives