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  DESIGN 271: The Language of Organic Architecture


Subjects presented:

-  Organic Architecture:  Not Your Typical Approach to Architectural Design
-  The Language of Organic Architecture
-  The Chicago School of Architecture: Urban Modernism
-  The Life Work of Frank Lloyd Wright
-  The Apprentices to Frank Lloyd Wright
-  Bruce Goff:  Uncommon Materials in Common Ways
-  Today's Organic Architects
-  Numkena:  A Culture, An Artist and the Architect

  Brian Spencer, AIA, IAA, PAACH

Brian Spencer, AIA / IAA / PAACH is a registered architect with 40 years of experience. He has worked domestically throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Europe and the Pacific Rim. He has held responsible positions for projects totaling 15,851,000 sq.ft. with construction budgets totaling $2,386,004,000.

In 1975 he initiated the Prairie Archives / Department of Architecture at the Milwaukee Art Museum and became the first Curator for Architecture with the museum. In 1976 he designed and curated the 11,000 square feet exhibition An American Architecture: Its’ Roots, Growth & Horizons and was editor of the book The Prairie School Tradition. Brian was also one of thirty-three founding participant of the International Confederation of Architecture Museums that was convened in Helsinki, Finland in August of 1979.

Brian has lectured on Frank Lloyd Wright and American organic architecture for over 70 major museums, universities and professional societies in 22 countries. Brian is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is one of only six American architects elected a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Architecture & Construction Sciences. He has been elected both Professor and Academician in the International Academy of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria and serves on its’ Academic Council. He has also been elected Honorary Professor at the Rostov Academy of Architecture & Art (Russia), Belgorod State Technical University (Russia), Technical University of Georgia (Republic of Georgia) and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Politechnika Gdanska (Poland). Brian was elected an Honorary Member of the Faculty Senate of Ion Mincu University for Architecture & Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania in 2013. Brian was an adjunct faculty member of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture for over ten years, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Taliesin Fellows and served on the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Program. He was the restoration architect for three of Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie period residences in Wisconsin.

Brian has published numerous articles on contemporary American architecture and his current research includes a monograph on Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Ocotillo” desert camp and completion of a lengthy study of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work for Wisconsin.


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