Synopses & Reviews
In this wonderful collection of short biographies, you'll meet a fascinating group of women and men from many different backgrounds. The one trait they have in common is their passion for creating beautiful buildings. The architects you will discover in this book are important both for the buildings they created and for their leadership in developing new designs, construction techniques, and ideas about the role of architecture in our culture.
Award-winning author Patricia Brown Glenn takes you on a wondrous journey across time and space and introduces you to each gifted artist. You'll learn how they became interested in architecture, the inspiration for their ideas, and how they influenced their contemporaries as well as later generations of architects. You'll also take a closer look at each architect's most glorious projects. And there are plenty of surprises along the way. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence and one of our most memorable presidents, was also America's first great architect? You'll also discover the woman who designed William Randolph Hearst's fabled mansion, San Simeon; the architect who, in the 1940s, was banned from building his home in Los Angeles' fanciest suburb because he was black; and the Asian-American who has created some of our most impressive office towers, museums, and libraries.
Complete with more than 100 colorful drawings from illustrator Joe Stites, Discover America's Favorite Architects is fun as well as informative. It is a terrific source for writing school reports, a great companion for family vacations, and an inspiration for young readers who might want to grow up to be architects one day.
A wonderfully illustrated, fact-filled introduction to America's leading architects and their inspirational work
What do the architects Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and I.M. Pei share in common? Besides leading their profession in style, construction techniques, and social thought, these three architects and 12 other preeminent American architects, are brought to life in this witty, wonderfully illustrated book. Discover America's Favorite Architects offers an attractive and diverse combination of engaging individual biographies illustrated with more than 80, 4-color caricatures of 15 major American architects and their most important works. Delightful drawings introduce young readers to significant works by each architect, creating an imaginative landscape of residences, train stations, banks, museums, airports, outdoor plazas, public parks, even coffee shops.
Photos of the 15 architects are set in stylized frames reflecting each architect's personal design style
PATRICIA BROWN GLENN (Kansas City, Missouri) is the award-winning author of Under Every Roof: A Kid's Style and Field Guide to the Architecture of American Houses. JOE STITES (Leawood, Kansas) illustrated Under Every Roof.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 108-110) and index.
About the Author
PATRICIA BROWN GLENN is an art and architectural historian and the award-winning author of Under Every Roof: A Kids' Style and Field Guide to the Architecture of American Houses (Wiley).
JOE STITES is a freelance illustrator and all-around fun guy who is the award-winning illustrator of Under Every Roof.
Table of Contents
Frederick Law Olmsted.
Henry Hobson Richardson.
Louis Henri Sullivan.
Frank Lloyd Wright.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Paul R. Williams.
Ieoh Ming Pei.
List of Architects and Buildings.