Archie Royal Davis (1907-1980)


Davis, Archie Royal

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    b. 17 July 1907 – d. 19 October 1980
Occupation:    American architect
Location:     Durham, NC

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1944-decease

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in 1956 American Architects Directory
Biographical listing in 1962 American Architects Directory
Biographical listing in 1970 American Architects Directory

Biographical Directories:
Entry in the NC Architects/Designers section of NC Modernist Houses web site http://www.ncmodernist.org/architects.html

Biographical Information:
Contributed by NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center:
Archie Royal Davis, registered architect and engineer, was born 17 July 1907 in Morehead City, North Carolina. He graduated from the Morehead City schools in 1926, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed his architectural training at North Carolina State College in 1930. He settled in Durham, and in 1936, married Frances Carlton Davis. They had two daughters, Frances C. Davis and Charlotte Royal Davis. In 1939, Davis established his architectural firm in Durham. His projects included Morehead Plantetarium in Chapel Hill, Southern High School in Durham, Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy, the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and many others. Davis joined the American Institute of Architects in 1944. He served as secretary and treasurer of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1947, and as director between 1960 and 1962. Davis received an appointment to the North Carolina Board of Architecture in 1964 and served in this capacity until 1979. He served as executive director of the Southern Conference of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and as an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the North Carolina Society of Engineers, the Durham Council of Architects, and the Durham Engineers Club. He also served on the Planning and Zoning Commisssion of Durham, the Durham Stadium Authority, the Chamber of Commerce of Durham, and the Bishop's Committee on Rural Church Architecture. Archie Royal Davis died in October 1980.

Related Records

Archie Royal Davis (firm)

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file includes application and membership correspondence.

NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center
MC 00241 Archie Royal Davis papers, 1926-1980
Chiefly architectural drawings and office records representing about 550 projects of Durham, N.C., architect and engineer, Archie Royal Davis. Most projects were in North Carolina and many involved schools, churches, and public buildings. Also included are correspondence and other material from professional and civic organizations in which Davis was active, particularly the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its North Carolina Chapter, the North Carolina Board of Architecture, and the Planning and Zoning Commission of Durham, N.C.
Link to online finding aid: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/findingaids/mc00241