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A native of Oklahoma, Boaz was born in 1918 and graduated from OU in 1940 then went on to Columbia to earn a Master’s in Architecture. While there, WWII broke out and Boaz found himself working with the National Bureau of Yards and Docks in NYC for the duration. After VJ Day, he stayed there and worked at a firm in the Big Apple for a bit before deciding that it was time to return home to Oklahoma and establish a career in OKC in 1945. For awhile in the early ’50s, he was an assistant professor of architecture at Yale and a visiting critic for architecture at Cornell before moving to North Carolina in 1956 to work as a professor under Henry Kamphoefner at North Carolina State University.  During his first years there, he formed a partnership with fellow Oklahoman Milton Small; they designed the WRAL TV studios in Raleigh and several homes in the area.


Joseph N. Boaz, worked on his own for most of his career
Small & Boaz, 1955-1959

Projects in OK:

Renberg’s – Tulsa
Clyde’s Grocery Store (now Brown’s Bakery)
Rainbow Travel
TG&Y stores in OKC

Mod Blog Features:

A Visit To Clyde’s, OKC’s First Supermarket


(photo from the OPUBCO collection at the Oklahoma History Center)




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