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RICHARD S. REQUA, AIA was born March 27, 1881, in Rock Island, IL. He and his family moved to San Diego in 1900. His early employment with Hartwell Electric ref lected his training in electrical engineering. In 1908 he joined the staff of architect Irving J. Gill as a “superintendent.” At this time he was also writing articles on office organization, home design, and landscaping for national and local publications. Requa was one of the San Diego Architectural Association’s original members.


In 1911, Requa established his own office, and in 1913, he formed the firm of Mead and Requa with Frank Mead. Both men had a strong interest in the simple elements that make up the architecture of the Southwestern United States and the North African coastal regions. Added to this mix was the inf luence of the early Spanish architecture of California.

In May 1920, Mead left the firm, and Requa partnered with Herbert L. Jackson, who had also been in Gill’s office. Jackson’s principal skills were in structural engineering rather than design. The 1920s proved to be Requa and Jackson’s most prolific period. Landscape architect Milton P. Sessions worked closely with Requa on all his major projects.

Requa was impressed with the similarity of terrain and climate between Southern California and the Andalusia area of Spain. It was during the 1920s that Requa developed a style that was to become his hallmark; he labeled it “Southern California Architecture.”

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