Saturday, January 17, 2009

An Architect’s Journey – Will Bruder


“Truly memorable buildings exploit the tension between the sensual and the intellectual, strive for the balance of the poetic and pragmatic, and search for elusive qualities, both timely and timeless.” Will Bruder

I’ve long admired the work of Arizona architect Will Bruder. Well known for his influential and idiosyncratic desert modernism, Bruder has in recent years traveled further afield, working in such diverse locales as Portland, Maine and Madison, Wisconsin. He presently is the 2009 Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor in Architectural Design at the University of Oregon.(1) He will be delivering his lecture titled "Built/Unbuilt: An Architect's Journey" in both Portland and Eugene next week.

The two lectures will be held in Portland on January 22 and in Eugene on January 23. The Portland lecture is at 6 p.m. at the UO in Portland, White Stag Block event room, 70 NW Couch Street. The Eugene lecture is at 6 p.m. in 150 Columbia Hall on the University of Oregon campus. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about the lectures, contact the Department of Architecture at 541-346-3656.

Will Bruder is one of those increasingly rare architects who received no formal university training in architecture,(2) instead having obtained professional licensure through apprenticeship with Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkerts. He opened his practice in 1974 and since then has been involved with over 600 projects, including the Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. He is currently working on large-scale community master plan projects in Glendale, Arizona and Denver, Colorado.

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. Photo by Grant Mumford

Be sure to attend Bruder’s lecture in either Portland or Eugene to learn more about the personal journey taken by one architect toward the creation of regionally sensitive, environmentally responsive, and undeniably beautiful works of architecture.

(1) Bruder will teach design studio and a seminar class for architecture and interior architecture students during his ten-week appointment as the Belluschi professor.

(2) Bruder studied art and engineering, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1968.

2 comments:

npGREENWAY said...

Thanks for posting this! I had no idea that he was going to be giving the lecture--or teaching in Eugene! I hope to be there to see it in Portland.

Andika said...

I went to his lecture and was blown away. It was really refreshing to hear Will's insights and thoughts of his projects. Looking forward to more great lectures in times to come.