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Featured Designer: Frank Lloyd Wright 

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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is widely recognized as one of the United States’ greatest architects. He was a pioneer in the concept of organic architecture—creating buildings in harmony with their natural surroundings and intended purpose—a philosophy exemplified by Fallingwater (1935), which was named in 1991 by AIA members as the "best all-time work of American architecture.” Wright is closely associated with the Prairie School movement, which strove to create a uniquely American architecture inspired by the landscape of the Midwest, and developed the concept of the Usonian house as a paradigm for affordable dwellings. Over the course of his more than 70-year career, he designed 1141 structures, 532 of which were eventually built. Of these, about 400 still stand. Wright won numerous honors in his lifetime including Gold Medals from the RIBA in 1941 and AIA in 1949, and the Franklin Institute's Frank P. Brown Medal in 1953. He was also depicted on a U.S. 2¢ stamp in 1966.

While best known for his architecture, Wright was also a prolific author and designed some of the interior appointments for his buildings including furniture, fabrics, art glass, lamps, dinnerware, silver, linens, and graphic arts. Many of his products are still in production, while other of his designs have been adapted and interpreted in jewelry, clothing, or other decorative forms. Based on the continued influence of Wright’s architecture, designs, and ideas, it is easy to see why he was named "the greatest American architect of all time” by members of the AIA.

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