Chapter Contributions

, 2008

“Campus Architecture and Planning at The University of Texas”

Written by Larry Speck

From 1910 to 1942, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) built an extraordinary ensemble of buildings, transforming the university’s image from a sleepy, small-town college housed in a hodge-podge of mismatched buildings into a powerful, sophisticated institution whose campus exudes confidence and a memorable identity. During this relatively short time period, a core of 33 buildings was constructed by three different architects of significant distinction: Cass Gilbert (1910-1922), Herbert M. Greene (1910-1922), and Paul Cret (1930-1937).

, 2006

“The Heroic Decades”

Written by Larry Speck

Lawrence Speck is the W. L. Moody, Jr., Centennial Professor in Architecture. He has been a professor in the University of Texas School of Architecture since 1975 and served as its dean from I993 to I999. As a working architect, Speck designed the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport terminal building, the Austin Convention Center, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. He has written or co-written a number of books and is preparing a guide to the architecture of the University of Texas campus.

, 2003

“Edward Larrabee Barnes”

Written by Larry Speck

In the early years of the 21st century, it is easy to identify a handful of “stars” of the architectural world who have made their reputations substantially through the building of museums. Frank Gehry and Richard Meier in the United States, Herzog and de Meuron and Renzo Piano in Europe, and Yoshio Taniguchi and Tadeo […]

, 1996

“William Wayne Caudill”

Written by Larry Speck

Caudill, William W(ayne) (b Hobart, OK, 25 March 1914; dHouston, TX, 25 June 1983). American architect. Educated at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (19337), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (1937-9), he began his career as a design teacher at Texas A & M. University, College Station, in 1939. By the time he founded the firm […]

, 1996

“Paolo Soleri”

Written by Larry Speck

Soleri, Paolo (b Turin, 21 June 1919). American architect of Italian birth. He received his doctorate in architecture from the polytechnic in Turin in 1946. A scholarship allowed him to travel to the USA, where he began working for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in January 1947. Disenchanted with Taliesin he left with his […]

, 1996

“Harwell Hamilton Harris”

Written by Larry Speck

Harris, Harwell Hamilton (b Redlands, CA, 2J uly 1903; d 1990). American architect. He served a three-year apprenticeship with Richard Neutra (1928-32), and was one of the earliest American members of CIAM, joining in 1929. He began his architectural practice in Los Angeles in 1933 and soon distinguished himself as a designer by the completion […]

, 1992

“William Turnbull, Jr.: A Regional Perspective”

Written by Larry Speck

When Turnbull’s colleagues commented on their well known design effort at Sea Ranch a decade after its completion, they noted the group’s intention to create “a controlling image that gives people a chance to know where they are – in space, in time and in the order of things.” They claimed “the fundamental principle of […]

, 1986

“The Southwest”

Written by Larry Speck

In the southwestern United States, civilization still lies thinly over a vast landscape of broad prairies, lonely rolling hills and commanding promontories. This formidable terrain, the infinite sky and boundless horizons dominate even the most impressive human attempts to occupy the land. Here in the long valleys that terrace away from the banks of the […]