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Philip Johnson

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Absenting Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson was perhaps the most famous and influential American architect of the 20th century. The Pritzker Prize winner (1979) was a pioneer in American modernism and later laid the intellectual and architectural groundwork for the post-modern and deconstructivist styles of the 1970s and 1980s. His thick, black round-framed glasses and high profile as a practicing architect, curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and public intellectual brought him to the fore of American design thinking, a place he occupied well into his advanced age. His masterpieces include the Glass House in New Canaan, CT, (1949) which is a near perfect expression of the modern desire to bring the outside in; the Seagram Building in New York, while working in the office of Mies Van der Rohe; the massive, glassed façade of the PPG Palace in Pittsburgh, PA,; the postmodern AT&T Building (1984) in New York; and one of the original megachurches, the Crystal Cathedral (1980) in Orange County, CA.

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Architects' House Museums

From Luis Barragán's Mexico City residence to the Alvar Aalto House in Helsinki, we share ten architects' dwellings that are now museums.

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Soren Rose

For our latest installment of Three Buildings, we turned to Danish designer Søren Rose. His picks for this trio of inspiring buildings mines the great modernist canon while also turning up a pair of rather unexpected buildings. Read on for a proper lesson in architectural history.

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