Frank Gehry and the power of encouragement.

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                  This is a story about the influence and power of mentors on our lives and the world around us. I had the honor of being the last associate of Calvin C. Straub FAIA (1920-1998) and to have this great man, who was also a significant architect and instructor of architecture, mentor me in the early years of my professional career. During … Read More →

Zaha Hadid enters history….

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We lost Zaha Hadid: Thursday March 24 2016 she was 65.  You can read more here. She considered herself one who “pushes boundaries” yet as one who still respects traditional architecture, I think the pushing of too many boundaries is one of our biggest problems as architects today. Without boundaries you have little order, architecture is actually all about principles of ordering things. As my friend Richard Doria stated once … Read More →

Calvin C. Straub FAIA (1920-1998)

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Calvin Chester Straub FAIA (1920–1998) was an American born architect who made a significant impact on architecture through design and education. His modesty, confidence, and passion for life combined with a no nonsense focus on strategic accomplishment were typical of his WWII generation. Straub was a professor of Architecture at University of Southern California (1946–1961) and Arizona State University (1961–1988). He also created an important body of work as the senior partner of Buff, Straub and Hensmen, … Read More →

Menu of courses,seminars and presentations by Wm. Mark Parry for 2014

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The following menu of courses can be presented as 45-60 minute summaries or introductions to the course content, two to six hour seminars of full courses for higher educational institutions. Wm. Mark Parry is a practicing architect and passionate educator in Architectural history, design and construction team leadership and the practice of  Artisan Architecture. A printable PDF is here: Seminars and Coursework 2014 Mark Parry Architect and Architectural Historian presents: A … Read More →

Julia Morgan (1872-1957) Architect of Beauty

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The second edition of “Julia Morgan, Architect of Beauty” was recently available at Costco. This in no small way displays the continuing interest in the architecture of this amazing American architect. I did not notice any other local architects in attendance at the presentation by Author Mark Anthony Wilson on her work at the Petaluma Rail Station in May 2013, but the room was full of an enthusiastic public. In … Read More →

Is Modern Architecture Avant-garde?

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I love great modern architecture. Regrettably, other than new materials, little that is truly innovative or fresh has been contributed to the idom of modernist design in recent decades.   In my consideration the idea train for modern architecture got to the station about 1964 and everyone is still standing around applauding. In a recent interview in Salon.com Camille Paglia spoke my very mind.  For architecture to be un-tethered from it’s … Read More →

Artisan Architecture’s Residential Architectural Image Bank

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Historic Architecture is a source book for developing future ideas, or preserving the best of previous ones. Ada Louise Huxtable wrote in the New York Times on February 5th 1978 that. “Every Age cuts and pastes history to suite its own purposes; art always has an ax to grind. Classical Rome became the Renaissance in the eyes of the fifteenth century. Every great artist is re-created in the chosen image … Read More →

His drawings move his ashes stay…the news on Frank Lloyd Wright

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The archives of Frank Lloyd Wright, widely regarded as one of the greatest architects of modern times, have been moved to New York City to become part of the permanent collections of Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art. This is the end of an Architectural Era.  Wrights homes- Taliesin West in Scottsdale Arizona and Taliesin East in Wisconsin where the place of his residence, studio, school and architectural … Read More →

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The Whiffen House

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The Whiffen house was created by Cal Straub for international renewed, author, historian, and professor of Architectural History Marcus Whiffen (1916-2002) . It was designed in 1963 built in 1964 and demolished in 2009. In 2009 it was in entirely original condition that had seen minimal changes and even maintenance in its 46 years. Although a little rough at the edges it was yet then a testament to the effectiveness … Read More →