I considered kind of an obligation to start my blog talking about a great architect such as Frank Lloyd Wright. The American Institute of Architects recognized him in 1991 as “the greatest American architect of all time”. Some even consider him to be the greatest architect of all. But, he never went to a formal architecture school…
Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called “organic architecture”. This philosophy is best exemplified by his design of the Fallingwater Residence in Mill Run, Pennsylvania (1935):
His humble American upbringing led him to learning under Louis Sullivan, another legend in architecture and to this day Wright is noted for his prairie-style buildings and organic influences. His organic and natural forms that seemed to become one with nature and his innovative detailing are still considered to be the best building and design concepts, even after nearly 150 years. Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the “Usonian home”, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.
His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. He also authored 20 books and many articles, and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin East Studio near Spring Green, Wisconsin (1911):
He designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 532 works. His most notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (1959):
Arizona State University Gammage Auditorium (1964):
Taliesin West Studio in Scottsdale, Arizona (1937):
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