Edward Fairfax Neild Sr., FAIA, graduated from the Tulane University School of Engineering in 1906. He established his own architectural practice in Shreveport, Louisiana, which became Neild-Somdal Associates in 1934; he remained with the firm until his death in 1955. Neild designed numerous residential, civic, and academic buildings in Louisiana, including the State Office Building and Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. He also designed the Maricopa County Courthouse in Arizona. Neild was a friend and advisor to President Harry Truman, consulting on the renovations to the White House, and was the designer of the Truman Library. Neild also served as the director of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.