Book Explores Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sacred Architecture

In Frank Lloyd Wright Sacred Architecture: Faith, Form, and Building Technology, published by Routledge, Anat Geva, Assoc. AIA, introduces a theoretical framework of the conceptual model illustrating the relationship between faith, form, and building technology in sacred architecture.

“The book offers scholarly discussion on the application of this conceptual model to Wright’s religious projects with analytical drawings and photographs,” said Geva. “This unique contribution will be useful to all those interested in Wright’s architecture and theory as well as in the study of sacred architecture.”

Geva’s analysis applies the model to Wright’s main design concepts of nature, democracy, and freedom and his holistic approach to design. Her examination is based on archival studies, field visits to built sites, Wright’s own writings, and an extensive literature review of his work.

Wright designed more than 30 houses of worship, 10 of which were built in Illinois, Florida, Missouri, California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Virtually unaltered since their construction and dedication, they are still used for worship services today.

In the book, said Nader Ardalan, president of Ardalan Associates LLC, and an architect with more than four decades of award-winning experience, Geva insightfully explores vital questions such as

How can one create the experience of a transcendent level of existence?
What was the value of such a quest for Frank Lloyd Wright?
Did he achieve his vision for an authentic, spiritually inspired American architectural identity?

“Geva convincingly explores these vital questions and more through a rigorous discussion that unveils the qualitative and quantitative essences of Wright’s philosophy, revealing that actually all his architecture was inspired by the sacred,” said Ardalan. “Such a profound discussion is well worth considering in our contemporary age, so removed from a sense of the numinous.”

Geva, an associate member of the Texas Society of Architects and a registered architect in Israel, is the co-editor of the scholarly journal Preservation Education and Research. She is a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious James Marston Fitch National Award for innovative research in historic preservation in America for her project, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture: A Computerized Energy Simulation Study.”

arch one, the newsletter for the Texas A&M College of Architecture, Nov. 1, 2011.