Robert E. Clay

Robert E. Clay (“Bob”) has lectured and written on the architectural career of William C. Knighton and owned a Knighton-designed house which he secured a registration to the National Register of Historic Places. Bob is a docent for the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland, and a Past President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association. He retired after a 37-year career in urban planning and housing policy, including 27 years as a Chief Planner with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Bob holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, School of Public Administration in Washington, D.C. 

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  • William Christmas Knighton (1867-1938)

    William Christmas Knighton, a prolific and innovative architect, served as Oregon’s first and only State Architect from 1911 to 1915. His career spanned fifty years, forty of which were spent in Oregon, where he designed as many as two hundred buildings. Knighton’s work brought a distinctive European-inspired modernity to architecture …

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