Julia Morgan cracked the glass ceiling for girls

        If you have a “Beth,  the builder,”  introduce her to  Julia Morgan,  the almost anonymous designer of the Hearst Castle (aka San Simeon), the Gothic setting for the movie Citizen Kane. (Rosebud!). Morgan began the project in 1919 and spent 23...

Humanitarian Architecture Wins 2014 Pritzker

Natural disasters strike with such increasing frequency it could become a segment on the nightly news. So, Conrad Newel says it’s about time the Prizker Prize honor an architect whose mission is a humanitarian one. Newel, a critic who writes a blog, Notes on Becoming...

He lives! Johansen’s Brutalism stands tall

John. M. Johansen, the architect who built the The Orlando Public Library in 1966, must be singing heavenly praises that this building still stands.   So far, the library has been a stalwart in the face of the trend to tear down Modernism — and especially its...