CONSTRUCTION: Walt & Welt

As undergraduates at the University of Washington's School of Architecture, Welton Becket and Walter Wurdeman determinedly rushed the same coed. Neither of them married her, but out of their rivalry grew a business partnership that has taken Architects Becket, 45, and Wurdeman, 44, right to the top of Los Angeles' building boom.

Last week Wurdeman & Becket were hard at work on one of the West Coast's fattest architectural prizes: supervising the $31,000,000 building program for the University of California's Los Angeles campus. They had also won a contract to build a chain of four hotels for air travelers across...

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