Former Employees of FLW with Great Careers in Architecture

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Former Employees of FLW with Great Careers in Architecture

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I am starting a list of former employees and former apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright that went on to have great careers in architecture as measured by a significant body of work.

In my opinion the Top Wright Former Employee/Apprentices Luminaries would have to be:

Schindler
Neutra
E. Fay Jones
John Lautner.

Lessor Luminaries:

Walter Burley Griffin
Marion Mahony Griffin
William Drummond
Lloyd Wright
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Another Lessor Luminaries:
John Van Bergen
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Post by Reidy »

The Taliesin Fellows weren't technically employees, so Lautner (and Jones?) wouldn't count. Personal favorites of the people who passed through his office in one capacity or other are Drummond, Schindler and Lautner. Was Howe a paid staffer?

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Taliesin Fellows were technically not paid employees. However many worked on the professional projects that came through Wright's office so I categorized the two together into one group.
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Post by dkottum »

Not much representation from the Usonian years. We may never know the extent of John H. Howe's design contribution while in Wright's studio, but it most probably was significant. His work there moved into an extensive practice of his own a few years after Wright's death, continuing ideas he learned or developed while under Wright.

Aaron Green?

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Post by KevinW »

Define significant body of work.
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Post by peterm »

Howe definitely needs to be included, if for no other reason than he, probably more than anyone else, understood in great depth what Wright was all about, including his complex geometries, use of materials and site planning.

Was he as original and talented as Schindler, Neutra, Jones, and Lautner? Probably not, but that's somewhat difficult to determine, mostly due to his unwavering dedication to Wright. His importance should not be underestimated.

I agree, dkottum; Aaron Green is another example of someone who "got it".

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Apprentices

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Henry Klumb (at Taliesin 1929-1933) went on after he left to design and build in Puerto Rico. His work includes building for the University of Puerto Rico.

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myLiebermeisterAGG wrote:Define significant body of work.
For Luminaries it is national recognition.
For Lessor Luminaries it is regional or local recognition.
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dkottum wrote:Not much representation from the Usonian years. We may never know the extent of John H. Howe's design contribution while in Wright's studio, but it most probably was significant. His work there moved into an extensive practice of his own a few years after Wright's death, continuing ideas he learned or developed while under Wright.

Aaron Green?
He is in as a Lessor Luminary.
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peterm wrote:Howe definitely needs to be included..
He is in as a Lesser Luminary.
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Post by Deke »

I'd like to see a list of associate who "Got it" and perhaps even a list of those who didn't. I wonder how many good careers are hobbled by staying at Taliesin too long.

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Re: Apprentices

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Unbrook wrote:Henry Klumb (at Taliesin 1929-1933) went on after he left to design and build in Puerto Rico. His work includes building for the University of Puerto Rico.
Fine choice. He is in as a Lesser Luminary.
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peterm wrote:Howe definitely needs to be included, if for no other reason than he, probably more than anyone else, understood in great depth what Wright was all about, including his complex geometries, use of materials and site planning.

Was he as original and talented as Schindler, Neutra, Jones, and Lautner? Probably not, but that's somewhat difficult to determine, mostly due to his unwavering dedication to Wright. His importance should not be underestimated.

I agree, dkottum; Aaron Green is another example of someone who "got it".
He has the distinction of being buried very close to FLW's initial grave. Gene Masselink also has that disinction. For all that Gene did for Frank Lloyd Wright he is in as a Lessor Luminary.
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Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is in as a Luminary for the organizing FLW Archives and writing many scholarly books on FLW. He is a great man and scholar.
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