Born in 1916, a fourth generation Angeleno, Edward Hale Fickett, son of a contractor, attended Beverly Hills High School, received his BA in architecture from USC, and earned his master’s degree from MIT. He attended Art Center College of Design and worked as a draftsman under notable architects such as Paul Williams, Sumner Spaulding, and Gordon B. Kaufman, before creating his own firm in 1948.  Admitted to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1950.

Fickett designed more than 60,000 post-war homes, 40,000 single-family dwellings in over seventy residential communities. Fourteen of these developments have been cited by the AIA, NAHB as well as, numerous magazines for their superiority in design. Typical features of Fickett’s tract homes included open, L-shaped floor plans; glass walls; and relaxed rooflines. Fickett’s ability to express excellence in design, proportion, and scale, is enhanced through the use of regional materials like redwood, adobe brick and handmade flooring tiles. The connection of detail and expression of structural elements are notable in all the architect’s works and have become this architect’s trademark.

Better Homes and Gardens called Fickett, “The Frank LLoyd Wright of the 1950s”. His residential developments include Meadowlark Park in Reseda, Sherwood Park in the Hollywood Hills, and Rollingwood Estates in Palos Verdes. He also designed significant, multifamily housing including the Sunset Lanai and Hollywood Riviera in West Hollywood. Embracing the distinguishing characteristics of Fickett’s work, in 1965 the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department designated the Jacobson House, Los Angeles as Historic Cultural Monument No. 674. This was the first contemporary structure to receive Landmark Status by the City.