Irving Eugene Palmquist was born in 1911 in Ironwood, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architect, University of Michigan in 1936.
He served as President Palmquist & Wright, Architects, Detroit, 1947—1955, as well as,Vice president of Pollman-Palmquist Builders in Detroit from 1946—1955, and Home Planners Inc., a publishing company in Farmington Hills, since 1946. He also worked as an Architect for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1955—1972. With his partner at Home Planners Inc, Richard Pollman, Mr. Palmquist also published many books featuring mid-century modern house plans for the do-it-yourself home-owner.