Architect worked on public projects

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Joe B. Jordan, 82, a San Fernando Valley architect who designed a number of major public buildings, including a court complex in Van Nuys, died Aug. 11 at a hospital near his home in Camarillo after a lengthy illness.

He founded Burbank-based Joe B. Jordan and Associates more than 40 years ago. Among the projects he oversaw were the Van Nuys Superior Court complex, barracks at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic and a number of public libraries in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

He helped organize a San Fernando Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was the chapter president in the mid-1980s.

He also was an avid Rotarian who belonged to the Burbank and Camarillo Rotary clubs for nearly 50 years and was a district governor for Rotary International.


Jordan was born on Feb. 24, 1926, in Ada, Okla., and moved with his family to East Los Angeles when he was a child. After serving in the Navy, he attended USC and graduated from its school of architecture in 1951.

A longtime Burbank resident, he moved to Camarillo 13 years ago and retired a few years later.