Joseph F. Robinson, 93, a civil engineer who worked 35 years for the Architect of the Capitol before he retired in 1965, died of a heart ailment Feb. 15 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Robinson joined the Office of the Architect of the Capitol as a foreman of the grounds crew, and he was an adviser to the architect when he retired. He was instrumental in setting up the office photographic division.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Robinson was a graduate of St. John's College High School and Catholic University. He was a civilian employe of the Army Corps of Engineers during World War I and a house builder in Kensington before joining the Office of the Architect.

Mr. Robinson was active in Boy Scout organizations and served on the board of directors of the Boys Club of Greater Washington. He was a founder of two scout troops and helped organize the Catholic Committee of Scouting in Washington. He also helped establish the Boys Club summer program at Camp Winslow on the Chesapeake Bay.

He was a member of the Association of Oldest Inhabitants and the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret, of Washington; one daughter, Jodi Kay, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one son, Charles B., of Beltsville; and four grandchildren.