The Architect That Inspired Me the Most

Topics: Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie School, Louis Sullivan Pages: 6 (2083 words) Published: March 15, 2013

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It takes a lot of commitment and desire to become an architect. For future designer like me, indeed I could say that the amount of education needed is very significant. Assuming and optimistic to be a licensed one I must graduate with a five year professional degree then an additional two years for apprentice. As young designers and still has the chance to explore more of our selves and the environment around us, finding no limits in our design and freedom is one way of how we could exercise and discover our artistic side. In a way we could humbly express the concept of what we design of a particular structure which I believe is really what architecture is all about. It is part of our journey to look up some of the famous and brilliant architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, whose works were so impressive that it could inspire me more to become not only just an ordinary one, but a brilliant one as well.

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin on June 8, 1867. His parents were William Cary Wright and Anna Lloyd-Jones. When he was twelve years old, Wright's family settled in Madison, Wisconsin where he attended Madison High School. During summers spent on his Uncle James Lloyd Jones' farm in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Wright first began to realize his dream of becoming an architect. In 1885 at the age of fourteen years old, he left Madison without finishing high school to work for Allan Conover, the Dean of the University of Wisconsin's Engineering department. Since the University of Wisconsin had no course in architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright spent two semesters studying civil engineering before moving to Chicago and decided to go to work in some real architect’s office in 1888. In Chicago, he worked for architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee in six years. Wright drafted the construction of his first building, the Lloyd-Jones family chapel, also known as Unity Chapel. One year later, he went to work for the firm of Adler and Sullivan, directly under Louis Sullivan. Wright adapted Sullivan's maxim "Form Follows Function" to his own revised theory of "Form and Function Are One." Then later believed and developed a theory that American Architecture should be based on American function, not European traditions. Throughout his life, Wright acknowledged very few influences but credits Sullivan as a primary influence on his career.

His works and design were “organically spatial” which means characterized as radical and conscious with surrounding natural environment. Wright had a style of his own, mimicking that of a horizontal plane, with no basements or attics. Built with natural materials and never painted, Wright utilized low-pitched rooflines with deep overhangs and uninterrupted walls of windows to merge the horizontal homes into their environments. He added large stone or brick fireplaces in the homes' heart, and made the rooms open to one another. His simplistic houses served as an inspiration to the Prairie School, a name given to a group of architects whose style was indigenous of Midwestern architecture. Wright gained an appreciation for nature, particularly Midwestern nature, from working on his uncles' Wisconsin farm during his teenage summers. There he could observe the horizontal line of the land, the line that he considered domestic and democratic and freeing. It would signify comfort, a quality that Wright wanted to characterize his buildings, particularly his houses. To this end Wright's Prairie Style house typically features a large, centrally-placed fireplace, a hearth that "grounds" the house and becomes its focus. Frequently he designed benches on either side of it, in effect creating a room within a room. In at least one instance he elevated this space from the rest of the area and set it off by a series of arches. Also Frank Lloyd Wright employed...
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