Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Birthday Reminders

Need a reminder to get a birthday gift for that special architect in your life?  Feel free to import into your Outlook calendar.  Included on the right of their names are some of the seminal works, along with some of the photos I have collected along my travels.

Victor Horta                       1.6.1861             Belgian Art Nouveau designer of Hotel Tassel
Julia Morgan                      1.20.1872           American designer of Hearst Castle and estate
Alvar Aalto                         2.3.1898             Finnish International Style designer of Finlandia Hall
Paul Williams                     2.18.1894           African-American designer of the Theme Building at LAX
Loius Kahn                         2.20.1901           American designer of Salk Institute
Kahn - First Unitarian Church of Rochester

Mies Van Der Rohe           3.27.1886           German-American designer of The Barcelona Pavilion
Van Der Rohe - Barcelona Pavilion

Peter Behrens                     4.14.1868           German designer of The AEG Turbine Factory
Julian Francis Abele          4.30.1881           African-American designer of Duke University (then white only)
Behrens - AEG

Benjamin Latrobe              5.1.1764             British-American designer of the US Capitol
Gordon Bunshaft               5.9.1909             American modernist designer of Lever House (and best name ever)
Walter Gropius                  5.18.1883           German (and later American resident) leader of the Bauhaus
Charles R. Macintosh        6.7.1868             Scottish designer of the Glasgow School of Art
Frank Lloyd Wright          6.8.1867             American designer of Fallingwater and Guggenheim
Antonio Gaudi                  6.25.1852           Catalan designer of the Church of the Sagrada Familia
Gaudi - Segrada Familia

Philip Johnson                  7.8.1906             American designer of the Glass House
Inigo Jones                       7.15.1573           English neo-classicist designer of the Queen’s House
Charles Bullfinch             8.8.1763             American designer of University Hall, Harvard
Robert Mills                     8.12.1781           American designer of the Washington Monument
Eero Saarinen                   8.20.1910           Finnish-American designer of Dulles Airport Terminal
Mills - Washington Monument

Sir John Soan                   9.10.1753           English neo-classicist designer of Bank of England
H.H. Richardson              9.29.1938           American designer of Trinity Church, Boston
Le Corbusier                    10.6.1887           Swiss-French designer of Villa Savoye
Christopher Wren            10.20.1632         English designer of St. Paul’s Cathedral
Le Corbusier - Unite d'Habitation, Berlin

Andrea Palladio               11.30.1508         Italian Renaissance designer of Villa Rotunda
Palladio - Villa Rotunda

Gustave Eiffel (Hon.)      12.15.1832         French Engineer making the list for his Tower
Josef Hoffman                 12.15.1870         Austrian designer of Wiener Werkstatte
Oscar Niemeyer               12.15.1907         Brazilian designer of Cathedral of Brasilia
Eiffel - 1889 World's Fair Tower

What struck me in putting this list together, and there are many more who could have been added, was the prolific amount of important architects born between roughly 1860 and 1890.  These men and women shaped much of the 20th Century.  Also, December 15 seems to be a harbinger for greatness.  Seems to me there was one more…

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