Who is Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank_Lloyd_Wright_LC-USZ62-36384Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, writer, and educator, who designed 532 completed structures. He is famous for many internationally acclaimed works, including Fallingwater, a house infamous for the waterfall, built into its design, and deemed the best all-time work of American architecture, Wright’s “most beautiful job” by Time Magazine, and listed among Smithsonian’s Life List of 28 places to visit before you die.

He is also remembered for creating the popular Prairie School movement and developing the concept of the Usonian home, two styles which gained attention for breaking away, both from modernist and traditional design conventions.

Wright’s portfolio established him as an instrumental figure in American and international architecture. Although considered by some a modernist, he gained attention for his organic architectural style which is fundamentally different in philosophy.

Modern architecture was driven by function, with a building’s utility defining its importance – hence the term “form follows function”. To Wright, form and function were both equal and integrated in all aspects of his design, from the window glazing to ceiling patterns, furniture and even table settings.

Today, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work continues to inform and inspire as part of architectural curricula that examine the critical and influential impact he had on modern residential and organic design. Currently, 10 Wright structures are being considered for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage List.1