The Senseman Rare Book Collection was donated to the Architecture Resource Center (ARC), in 1986 by Ronald S. Senseman, an accomplished career architect. The collection contains rare and valuable books, old photos mounted on linen of high renaissance architecture, along with many of his original drawings and sketches.

Ronald S. Senseman was born in 1912 at Collingswood, New Jersey. After taking his first degree at Washington Missionary College and an additional degree in architecture from Catholic University, he registered to practice architecture in 1934 and undertook significant projects from individuals, educational institutions, the church, and government. Senseman's office has completed over 2,000 design projects with over 50 churches and 150 schools. Photo of Ronald Senseman

Among his government and civic architectural projects have been The Chapel at Andrews Air Force Base, an addition to the Navy War College in Newport, Rhode Island, the Army War College in Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. and an addition to the Walter Reed Hospital. Other projects have included nursing homes, hotels, and private residences.

In recognition of his contribution to the field of architecture, particularly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Andrews University and the faculty of Andrews University presented Ronald S. Senseman as a candidate for the degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa.

Updated: May 24, 2011