Architecture Profile: Frank Lloyd Wright

7 02 2008

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Since I want to get more involved in my major, I’m going to start doing profiles of architects who have tremendous effect on modern architecture and on me as a student studying architecture. The first one that I am doing is on Frank Lloyd Wright, who many view as one of the founding fathers of modern architecture. He is also arguably the most important architect in American history, up there with the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Gehry.

Frank Lloyd Wright started as a draftsman for Louis Sullivan, another famous American architect and founding father of modern architecture philosophy. While working for Sullivan, he became disinterested in the old classical style, and began a new style that marked the beginning of the modern period in America: the Prairie Style. Being heavily influenced by Japanese architecture, the Prairie Style incorporated the emphasis of horizontal shapes and lines as well as the integration of the building with the environment. This style was the beginning of the Arts and Crafts period that emphasized craftsmanship, natural materials, and the environment.

Wright lived a hectic lifestyle that saw him move to Europe for a period and to Japan, where he designed the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. After the Prairie Style, he worked on a few notable works such as Fallingwater, which he is most famous for. This house set in a wooded area with a stream and waterfall. Wright designed the house around the environment as can be seen by the stream that runs through the house. The cantilevered part of the house hangs over the stream, giving the owner a relaxed view of the woods. The house was donated to the government and is now a museum that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

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Idealistic and a visionary, Frank Lloyd Wright designed projects of all different types. His works range from the huge, like the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and the Marin Civic Center, to the small like the International Museum of Folk Arts in San Francisco. His influence to the architectural world back then was tremendous, and even to this day he still influences aspiring students like me. Perhaps I can be the next FLW. I did have an appreciation for Japanese architecture before I even knew I wanted to become an architect. Shades of Frank Lloyd Wright, eh?

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2 responses

31 07 2009
ana

im an architect Too :D

31 07 2009
ana

im an architect too :D
i admire you!!
thats an amazing idea.. the one about architect´s profiles

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