Frank Lloyd Wright


1867 – 1959


Who was Frank Lloyd Wright?

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 532 works. Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater, which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture". Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. Wright authored 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time."

Famous Quotes:

  • The truth is more important than the facts.
  • A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
  • The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
  • I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up.
  • All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.
  • The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
  • TV -- chewing gum for the eyes.
  • Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
  • Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.
  • An idea is salvation by imagination.

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Jun 8, 1867
Richland Center
Also known as
  • Frank L. Wright
  • frank_lloyd_wright
  • Frank Lincoln Wright
  • Frank Wright
  • Unitarian Universalism
  • White American
  • United States of America
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    (1886 - )
Lived in
  • Arizona
  • Wisconsin
  • Oak Park
Apr 9, 1959

on July 23, 2013


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