Paul Rudolph

  • by Alan Taylor

Brutalism seems to be one of those polarising tastes in the world, we at omdo STUDIOS love it! and Paul Rudolph is one of America's most know architects for the style.⁠⠀
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He briefly attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he studied under Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. He spent his formative years at Harvard, studying alongside many other preeminent architects of the 20th century including IM Pei and Philip Johnson. He then left school for three years, spending World War II at the Brooklyn Navy Yard before returning to Harvard and graduating with his master’s in 1947.⁠⠀
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After graduation, he moved to Florida where he became one of the most famous architects of The Sarasota School of Architecture. Rudolph started his own practice in 1951 and garnered a reputation for his Florida houses. By the late 1950s, he began receiving commissions for larger projects, simultaneously beginning his term as dean of the Yale School of Architecture in 1958 where he taught notable architects including Muzharul Islam, Norman Foster, and Richard Rogers.⁠⠀
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Although he is most often recognised for his concrete structures, when Brutalism fell out of favour in the United States during the 1970s, his style evolved. During this period he designed numerous glass office towers around the world, including the Lippo Centre Station of MTR in Hong Kong. Although his career in the United States began a slow decline in the 1970s, his large-scale projects in Southeast Asia brought him international attention.⁠⠀
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Let us know in the comments what you think of his work and of Brutalism, love it or hate it?!⁠⠀

 

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