Friedrich P. Lyman


Distinguished local architect Frederic P. Lyman died in Albequrque, N.M. on Feb. 28 of complications from pneumonia.

Four years after receiving his master’s degree in architecture from Yale University, Lyman purchased a lot in Las Flores Canyon. The house, which was constructed without a nail or screw, burned to the ground during the 1993 fires.

Lyman was active in Malibu politics. He served as president of the Malibu Township Council, a citizen’s organization established in lieu of a city government, from 1969 to 1971. During his administration, a campaign began to allow Malibu to become an independent city.

The MTC also hosted the State Environmental Quality Study Council, which resulted in efforts to establish a national park in the Santa Monica Mountains and led to what is now the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area.

Lyman was active in the American Institute of Architects on the national, state and local levels and he founded L.A. Architect in 1978. Lyman became president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1982.

Lyman lived in Malibu until 1978, when he moved to Minnesota to start an architecture school. He divided his time between Los Angeles and Minnesota from 1980 to 1993. For the last several years he lived in Taos, N.M.

Lyman is survived by his wife, Kate, their two sons, Tom and Tim, and four grandchildren.