Distillations: The Architecture Of Margeret Mc Curry
Margaret McCurry is one the the most published female architects of American residential design. She synthesizes elements of both traditional and modern architecture in this extraordinary series of private residences. Her book, Distillations, presents her work through beautiful photography and drawings with a thematic concept which ties together her projects through the search for a new American architecture. By way of a careful selection of private residences, Margaret McCurry's architecture conveys its warmth and civility through sensitivity to light, landscape and spatial acuity.
McCurry describes her design concepts and gives a glimpse into the deeper thought process behind her homes and how they have become distillations of an American architecture as in the following excerpt: 'This new Wisconsin retreat has provided an interesting spatial and organizational challenge given the clients' varied program that includes many guest rooms, bunkrooms, an indoor pool and separate guest house/garage as well as both indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. McCurry sited the elements of the house and guest house to create a 'pinwheel' off of an open clearing in the forest whereby the program spaces became the 'spokes' of the wheel connected by an interior 'rim' of circulation, which also provides entry points into the house and axial views towards the lake. This scale reducing scheme also provides distance between the guest rooms, bunkrooms and the master suite so that privacy is maintained.'
* > Margaret McCurry, FAIA, IIDA, ASID, ALA . A principal in the architectural and design firm of Tigerman McCurry and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Margaret McCurry received her Bachelor's degree in Art History from Vassar College and her Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is the recipient of many Honor Awards from the National AIA, numerous Distinguished Building and Interior Architecture Awards from the Chicago Chapter, and both National and Local Interior Design Project Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). In 1989 she was awarded the Dean of Architecture Award, in 1990 she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and was named 'The Designer of Distinction' in 2002 by ASID. Her work has been published widely in architectural and interior magazines and exhibited at museums and galleries here and abroad.
Robert Campbell received a Pulitzer Prize for his writing on architecture for the Boston Globe. He is the author of a book,Cityscapes of Boston: An American City Through Time, of which the Chicago Tribune wrote that it 'belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who cares about the fate of the American city.' Mr. Campbell has been in private practice as an architect since 1975. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a former artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome. He received the 2004 Award of Honor of the Boston Society of Architects, 'in recognition of outstanding contributions to architecture and to the profession.'
Robert A.M. Stern is a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the AIA New York Chapter's Medal of Honor in 1984 and the Chapter's President's Award in 2001. Mr. Stern is the 2011 Driehaus Prize laureate and in 2008 received the tenth Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum. As founder and Senior Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of the firm's projects. Mr. Stern is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He was previously Professor of Architecture and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.
Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, RAAR. A principal in the Chicago architectural and design firm of Tigerman McCurry and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Stanley Tigerman received both his architectural degrees from Yale University in 1960 & 1961. He has designed numerous buildings and installations throughout the United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, West Germany, Yugoslavia, and Puerto Rico, and given 950 lectures throughout the world. He has been a visiting chaired professor at numerous universities, including Yale and Harvard, and he was the resident architect at the American Academy in Rome in 1980. He has served on advisory committees of the Yale and Princeton Schools of Architecture, the Chicago Art Institute's Department of Architecture and was Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago for eight years. In 1994, in association with Eva Maddox, he Co-Founded ARCHEWORKS, a socially oriented design laboratory and school, where he remained as Director until 2008 when they were awarded as Civic Ventures' Purpose Prize Fellows.
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