Speaker: Stuart Cohen FAIA, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker, Architects, LLC; Evanston, Illinois
1 AIA Learning Unit
For about ten years, at the beginning of his career, Frank Lloyd Wright shared office space with his close friends, Dwight Perkins, Robert Spencer, and Myron Hunt. They worked together in the attic loft of Steinway Hall an office building and piano showroom designed by Perkins in Chicago. They worked on one another's projects and collaborated on the development of ideas that changed residential architecture at the beginning of the 20th century. We will consider their relationship to one another, some of the projects they designed while in Steinway Hall, and the "creative collaborative circle' they formed.
- Describe the impact of Wright, Perkins, Spencer, and Hunt on architectural design in the early 20th century.
- Compare and contrast their collaborations with your own professional collaborations.
- Trace key elements of design that Wright learned from the other architects that appear in later Wright-designed buildings.
- Shed the limitations of “the cult of individual genius” to further collaboration in the practice of architecture.
Read Peter H. Miller’s review of Stuart Cohen’s book.