Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Wisconsin in 1867, just 2 years after the end of the Civil War. His rural upbringing set the stage for his lifelong love and appreciation of nature. Wright is arguably the most famous architect in the U.S. In his lifetime he designed 141 works – including houses, offices, churches, schools, libraries and museums, and he received Gold Medal awards from The Royal Institute of British Architects and the American Institute of Architects. His buildings have been considered among the most significant architectural works to be designed in the last 100 years; four hundred and nine of his completed works are still standing today. Wright also helped create the open floor plan – designing rooms that flow and open out into each other. His appreciation of nature is apparent in his work and its arguable that no other architect took greater advantage of setting and environment than Wright did. An example of this careful consideration can be seen in “Falling Water”, one of his most famous designs.
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