INDUSTRY: Businessman's Architect

Travelers who have seen such strikingly dissimilar buildings as Cairo's Nile Hilton hotel, Los Angeles' disc-shaped Sports Arena. Abilene's stark Eisenhower museum and Hollywood's Capitol Records Building (which looks like a stack of records) would be hard pressed to say what all had in common. The answer: they were all designed by Los Angeles' Welton Becket, a Jack-of-all-styles architect who can run up a pancakelike auditorium or a soaring office building—or any of several dozen other styles and treatments—with equal ease.

Becket, 58, has won the title "The Businessman's Architect" by giving businessmen what they want and need in buildings,...

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