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Frank Lloyd Wright 1869-1959 is easily the most famous architect in history His career seventy years spanned the entire development of modern architecture and was very important in shaping it despite his refusal to join the prominent architectural associations of his day His buildings stand as a monument to the genius and inventiveness which he brought to every aspect of his work Frank Lloyd Wright is the most original and innovative but he never attended an architecture school As a child he worked on his uncles farm in Wisconsin and described himself as an American primitive an innocent but clever country boy whose education on the farm made him more perceptive and more down-to-earth Early in life I had to choose between honest and hypocritical humility I choose the farmer and have seen no occasion to changeFrank Lloyd Wright Delmarscom When Wright was fifteen years old he entered the University of Wisconsin as a special student He studied engineering because the school had no course in architecture He left school after a few semesters and apprenticed with JL Silsbee and Louis Sullivan After working with Sullivan for six years Wright opened his own practice During his seventy-year career Wright designed 1141 buildings including homes offices churches schools libraries bridges and museums Of these designs 532 were completed and 409 still standFrankLloydWrightorg Wright pioneered a long low style known as the Prairie house He experimented with obtuse angles and circles creating unusually shaped structures such as the spiral Guggenheim Museum 1943-1949 He developed a series of low cost homes which he called Usonian Most importantly he changed the way people think about interior space- Space is the breath of art Wright was married three times and had seven children His work was controversial and his private life was often the subject of gossip Although his work was praised in Europe as early as 1910 it was not until 1949 the he received an award from American
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