Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brettell, Rick
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6317 Section 001
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Frank Lloyd Wright

Description of Course:

Taught by Rick Brettell: B.A. and M.A. Yale University (History of Architecture), Ph.D. Yale (History of Art) and Ann Abernathy: B.A. Wellesley College (History of Art), M.Arch. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Masters of Architecture.)

More than a half-century after his death, Frank Lloyd Wright remains the dominating figure in American architecture--his long life, enormous oeuvre, complex personal life, career as a teacher-mentor to younger architects, large corpus of published writing, and international exhibition career make him an easy subject for many specialized seminars.

This course--the first ever given at UTD--will be co-taught by Richard Brettell, an art/architectural historian who studied Frank Lloyd Wright as a student of Vincent Scully at Yale, and Ann Abernathy, a Dallas-based practicing architect who has written and lectured widely on Wright and specializes in in-depth studies of particular buildings (particularly of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois, the Gillin House and the Kalita Humphrey Theater, both in Dallas).

The course will culminate in detailed study of the four major Wright projects--both built and unbuilt--in Dallas: the Stanley Marcus House (1934), the Rogers Lacy Hotel (1946), the Gillin House (completed 1956), and the Kalita Humphreys Theater (completed 1959).

Students who are widely read in American literature and history are encouraged to attend.

There will be a large reserve list in McDermott and a special "Reading Room" in Jonsson.

Weekly Seminar Topics
1.Origins and their Embodiment: The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
2.Frank Lloyd Wright as a Man, as a Reader, as a Writer
3.Buildings in Oak Park and Chicago before Taliesen
4.Taliesen and the Buildings in the Midwest Before Japan
5.The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo and the Effect of Japan
6.Los Angeles- The Olive Hill Complex, The Textile-Block Houses, the Doheny Ranch
7.Wright and the Tower: short case study: The Rogers Lacy Hotel
8.Taliesen West
9.The Houses of the 30's through 50's
10.The Stanley Marcus Commission: Wright comes to Dallas
11.The Guggenheim Museum and the Buildings of Southlake Florida: Frank Lloyd Wright and Hilla Rebay
12.The Gillin House (site visit)
13.Frank Lloyd Wright and the Theater
14.The Kalita Humphreys Theater (site visit)
15.Conclusion and Reports

Required Texts:


Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be asked: to submit one design project, to read and report as assigned in each weekly seminar, and to write a 12-15 page research paper on a topic to be selected with the involvement of the professors.

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