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The Architecture of Wallace Cunningham

Joseph Giovannini; Foreword by Sam Maloof

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This generously illustrated book assesses the architectural vision of Wallace Cunningham, the innovative and intuitive Southern California architect whose buildings reveal light and embody motion and spirituality. From small mountain cabins to urban townhouses, from waterfront residences to museums, Cunningham’s structures respond poetically and functionally to the land—and to the cityscapes in which they are set. His works reflect the architect’s belief that “buildings are not just visual…buildings need to radiate emotion.”
The book traces Cunningham’s development from his youth in the architecturally rich city of Buffalo through his apprenticeship at Taliesen, where he absorbed Frank Lloyd Wright’s theory of organic architecture, to his current practice in San Diego. Eighteen case studies of his projects, both built and unbuilt, illustrate how the architect opens his structures to sky, landscape, and views, and how he uses light to define and animate space. The book also includes a comprehensive record of Cunningham's works, publications, and exhibits.

Joseph Giovannini is an architecture critic and author based in New York City and Los Angeles. He contributes regularly to the New York Times, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, and Art in America.

"A provocative look at the self-trained architect's past, present and promising future. . . . Each of the 20 featured projects appears in striking illustrations. . . . For admirers of architecture informed by nature, it's a trip into thrilling realms."—Architectural Digest

"An elegant little book featuring lovely photos of beautiful homes for very wealthy people."—Holly Myers, LA Weekly

"A new book featuring 18 works of architect Wallace Cunningham, captures the San Diegan's flair for dramatic contemporary design. . . . Written by Joseph Giovannini, a widely published architectural critic, the book establishes Cunningham's star in the firmament of contemporary architecture."—San Diego Magazine 

"Generously photographed and thoughfully written. The book's reflective and anlytical tone makes if far more than a pretty addition to your coffee table. . . . Giovannini, himself an architectural critic, is as masterful at describing Cunningham's buildings as the architect is at creating them. This book will appeal to architects, artists, and all who appreciate beautiful spaces."—Decor & Style
ISBN: 9780974956527
Publication Date: November 28, 2006
Publishing Partner: Yale University
160 pages, 10 7/8 x 7
40 b/w + 120 color illus.