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Architects on architects
Gray, Susan (Susan Kim)
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2002]

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xv, 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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NA2560 .A73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Architects on ArchitectsSusan Gray

Here's a profound, stirring study of how the world's greatest architects influenced the work of others and why--told in the architect's own dramatic and awe-filled words. The contributors discuss the career-inspiring achievements of their mentors, designers of some of the most famous structures on earth. They delve into their own design philosophy, and how the genius of others affected their careers, their goals, as well as their lives.

This candid personal testimony imparts the emotion, inspiration, and wonderment of architecture and vividly demonstrate the power of mentorship and the potential it can unleash. Each original essay is beautifully illustrated with photographs (most in full color) of both the architect's work and that of his mentor, providing a visually stunning forum for comparison and learning.

An ideal book for architecture aficionados, ARCHITECTS ON ARCHITECTS captures the soul, inspiration, and majesty of architecture.

Susan Gray (New York, NY) is an architectural photographer and writer who has worked with many large corporations and magazines.

Author Notes

SUSAN GRAY, Editor, is a people and portrait photographer and writer who has worked with a number of major corporations, magazines, and museums. The Eastman Kodak Company sponsored her first book, WRITERS ON DIRECTORS. ARCHITECTS ON ARCHITECTS is sponsored by USG Group.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a tried-and-true pop-scholarly format, writer and photographer Susan Gray (Writers on Directors) presents Architects on Architects. The essays include Mario Grandelsonas on Mies van der Rohe, Cesar Pelli on Eero Saarinen, Diana Agrest on Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein, Charles Gwathmey on Louis Kahn and Der Scutt on Paul Rudolph. The contributors discuss the impact of their heroes and teachers on their own work, and many pieces convey nostalgia, admiration and gratitude. Arata Isozaki discusses Le Corbusier's death by drowning in relation to his vision: "the sea was the substance of motive force that provoked all of his imagination by permeating every detail of his body." Ricardo Legorreta describes studying under Jos Villagr n at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. With 200 elegant photos and illustrations of work by both mentors and mentees, architects and enthusiasts will delight in this moving, erudite collection. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

The title neatly describes this book: 24 contemporary architects contribute short essays about an architect (or, in four cases, a building) whose work possesses special significance for them. Essays are illustrated with photos of the author's as well as the subject's work. The book's value lies in the insights each essay offers into the thinking of the contributors. The personal quality of each contributor's reflections and the quirky nature of their sections (Richard Meier's surprising decision to write about Frank Lloyd Wright, for example) will appeal most strongly to readers already familiar with the names and work discussed. The list of contributors is international but, like the rest of this book, eccentric. No rationale for inclusion is provided and no conclusions about the state of contemporary architecture are offered. Editor Gray previously conceived and photographed the collection Writers on Directors (1999). Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger contributes a brief but thoughtful foreword introducing the reader to the type of autobiographical writing characteristic of Architects on Architects. Supplemental material is limited to capsule curriculum vitae for authors and the subject of each essay. Graduate students through professionals. D. P. Doordan University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul Goldberger
Chapter 1Diana Agrest and Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein
Chapter 2Tadao Ando and Le Corbusier
Chapter 3Henry N. Cobb and H.H. Richardson
Chapter 4Norman Foster and Paul Rudolph
Chapter 5Mario Gandelsonas and Mies van der Rohe
Chapter 6Michael Graves and Le Corbusier
Chapter 7Vittorio Gregotti and Peter Behrens
Chapter 8Charles Gwathmey and Louis I. Kahn
Chapter 9Hugh Hardy and William Van Alen
Chapter 10Arata Isozaki and Le Corbusier
Chapter 11Carlos Jimenez and Luis Barragan
Chapter 12Sumet Jumsai and Le Corbusier
Chapter 13Ricardo Legorreta and Jose Villagran
Chapter 14William S.W. Lim and Le Corbusier
Chapter 15Richard Meier and Frank Lloyd Wright
Chapter 16William Pedersen
Chapter 17Cesar Pelli and Eero Saarinen
Chapter 18James Polshek and Louis I. Kahn
Chapter 19Antoine Predock
Chapter 20 the Unknown Architect of Fatehpur SikriRaj Rewal
Chapter 21Richard Rogers
Chapter 22Der Scutt and Paul Rudolph
Chapter 23Robert A.M. Stern and Paul Rudolph
Chapter 24Hans Busso von Busse and Paul Rudolph
Selected Works and References
About the Editor