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Arnold Arvin Arbeit (October 1, 1911, New York City – January 8, 1974, Scarsdale, New York) was an American artist and architect.


He graduated from the Beaux Arts Institute of Design in 1936, and received Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from New York University in 1938 and 1940. He received a diploma from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1945, and also received three honorary doctoral degrees.


Arbeit was an architect for the New York Navy Yard at the Bureau of Naval Architecture from 1935 to 1938. He sat on the Bureau of Construction's Board of Education in New York from 1938 to 1943. He then became a colonel in the US Army.

He was Professor of Architecture at Cooper Union from 1947 to 1965, and the University Architect for City University of New York. As an architect, he was a designer of residences and commercial buildings. He was a Trustee of the National Institute for Architectural Education, of which he became President in 1970.

Arbeit was also an artist in metal sculpture, oil painting and pencil. He was the recipient of the Morse medal design from New York University, and also of the Armstrong medal.


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