Philip Johnson

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Philip Johnson
Philip Johnson was an American architect born in Cleveland on July 8th, 1906. He was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and a theorist of the International Style and Deconstructivism. He was elected an Honorary Academician of the Academy of Arts and Design and was the first architect to win the Pritzker Prize in 1979.

Johnson’s first encounter with architecture was in 1928 during a trip to Egypt where he showed interest in the Egyptian temples of Cairo and Memphis. In 1929, Alfred Hamilton Barr Jr., a professor of modern art at Wellesley College, sparked Johnson’s interest in architecture. Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, encouraged Philip Johnson to enroll in the museum’s Junior Advisory Committee.

In 1940 Johnson attended Harvard’s Faculty of Architecture under the guidance of Walter Gropius. Johnson expressed his true beliefs in his first work, the Johnson House in Cambridge in 1942. This was a clear homage to the German master Mies Van Der Rohe from whom he copied the typical example of the courtyard house from 1938. However, it was in 1949 that Johnson realized his most refined aesthetic experiment: the Glass House in New Canaan, which was his own residence and is now a museum.

Johnson’s architectural career spanned more than half a century and he designed many famous buildings. Some of his most notable works include the Seagram Building in New York City (1958), which he designed with Mies van der Rohe and the AT&T Building (now known as the Sony Tower) in New York City (1984), which is considered one of the first postmodern skyscrapers.

Some other famous projects by Philip Johnson include the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art in Fort Worth, Texas (1961); and the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City (1964). Johnson also designed several notable skyscrapers, including 190 South La Salle Street in Chicago (1987).

Johnson received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. In 1978, he was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. In 1979, he became the first person to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is considered one of the highest honors in architecture.

Philip Johnson was a visionary architect who made significant contributions to the field through his promotion of the International Style and his role in defining postmodernist architecture. His work continues to inspire architects around the world.
Philip  Johnson
Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson was an American architect born in Cleveland on July 8th, 1906. He was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and a theorist of the International Style and Deconstructivism. He was elected an Honorary Academician of the Academy of Arts and Design and was the first architect to win the Pritzker Prize in 1979. Johnson’s first encounter with architecture was in 1928 during a trip to Egypt where he showed interest in the Egyptian temples of Cairo and Memphis. In 1929, Alfred Hamilton Barr Jr., a professor of modern art at Wellesley College, sparked Johnson’s interest in architecture. Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, encouraged Philip Johnson to enroll in the museum’s Junior Advisory Committee. In 1940 Johnson attended Harvard’s Faculty of Architecture under the guidance of Walter Gropius. Johnson expressed his true beliefs in his first work, the Johnson House in Cambridge in 1942. This was a clear homage to the German master Mies Van Der Rohe from whom he copied the typical example of the courtyard house from 1938. However, it was in 1949 that Johnson realized his most refined aesthetic experiment: the Glass House in New Canaan, which was his own residence and is now a museum. Johnson’s architectural career spanned more than half a century and he designed many famous buildings. Some of his most notable works include the Seagram Building in New York City (1958), which he designed with Mies van der Rohe and the AT&T Building (now known as the Sony Tower) in New York City (1984), which is considered one of the first postmodern skyscrapers. Some other famous projects by Philip Johnson include the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art in Fort Worth, Texas (1961); and the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City (1964). Johnson also designed several notable skyscrapers, including 190 South La Salle Street in Chicago (1987). Johnson received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. In 1978, he was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. In 1979, he became the first person to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is considered one of the highest honors in architecture. Philip Johnson was a visionary architect who made significant contributions to the field through his promotion of the International Style and his role in defining postmodernist architecture. His work continues to inspire architects around the world.