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Frank Lloyd Wright: The Requisites of Genius Lecture




Frank Lloyd Wright: The Requisites of Genius

Presented by Jonathan Adams

Tuesday 1 March 2022  at 6.30

The lecture is about the influences behind the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, with a particular focus on two aspects of his life and work.

Firstly, how Welsh was Frank Lloyd Wright and to what extent is it manifest in his work? The second theme concerns his behaviour, personal and creative. What exactly was it that he was trying to do, and why? Why was he so determined to make himself exceptional?

Jonathan presented a documentary for  BBC Two - Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America in 2017 and is writing a book on the architect.

The talk has been organised by C20 Cymru following their Inaugural Lecture last year - Post-War Welsh Architecture, presented by Jonathan Vining which can be viewed on the C20 Society YouTube channel  here.

Jonathan Adams studied architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture and the Architectural Association, then worked in London. Subsequently returning to Wales he joined Percy Thomas Architects in 1998 where he designed the Wales Millennium Centre and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. He was President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales from 2005 to 2007. Jonathan established his own practice in 2013.

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Above: Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright (1939); Photograph: Peter Ruback

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