Frank Lloyd Wright, (1887-1959)
Frank Lloyd Wright never retired from his profession. In 1957, when he was 90 years old, he received 40 commissions in just one year, a
record-breaking number. By the time he died in 1959 at the age of 92, Frank Lloyd Wright had designed more than 1,100 projects, nearly half of
which were built. Wright believed that a true American style of architecture could come from the landscape of America rather than styles imported
from overseas. He believed that people should be able to afford beautiful places to live rather than settling for the same old styles from
hundreds of years ago. His buildings changed the way people lived, worked, and worshipped because Wright responded to the needs of their
inhabitants, bringing light and openness into the built environment in a way that had never been done before. Wright always made sure that his
buildings were designed organically: from the inside out, as one unit, rather than in bits and pieces. Each building had a relationship with
its site so that it looked like it had grown naturally from its surroundings.
Wright's belief in incorporating architecture with nature and art helped realize a dream for many of his clients. His students
learned to dream in their own innovative ways, and the Taliesin Fellowship that Wright formed is still a thriving architectural practice today.
Wright's buildings are famous all over the world. Some of them have been converted to museums and hundreds of thousands of people from around
the world visit them every year. Frank Lloyd Wright is the most influential American architect to have lived, and his legacy survives through
his ideas, his students, and most of all, the buildings themselves.