The Architecture of Bart Prince
A Pragmatics of Place
With a look at new buildings by Bart Prince, this book examines the work of a uniquely American contemporary architect.
The work of Bart Prince is recognized internationally for both its seminal creative vision and for carrying on an American tradition of individualism in architecture originating with Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Bruce Goff. Prince shares with these pioneers a fundamental way of thinking about modern American architecture, which in his work he has combined with a firm belief in the experiential impact of a building to render a contemporary style all his own.
Originally published a decade ago, this updated version includes five new houses, demonstrating the architect’s
maturing style and continued commitment to creating transcendent experiences in manipulated space.
Stunning photographs and floor plans bring the reader as close as possible to experiencing these uniquely
formed, magnificent buildings. A remarkable collaboration between the author, the photographer, and the
architect, The Architecture of Bart Prince is the only comprehensive introduction to one of the most creative
architects practicing in America today.
- April 2010
- 8.5 × 10 in
/ 208 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“Fans of architecture and those wishing to learn more about New Mexico’s evolving architectural aesthetic will enjoy this book.” — New Mexico Magazine
“[Mead’s] well-constructed narrative details Prince’s challenges and successes and offers Prince’s designs and creative process as a metaphorical mountain meadow in which to alight. This edition includes five projects completed since the first edition in 1999. Penhall’s beautifully composed photographs complete the treatise.” — The Albuquerque Journal
“Bart Prince may be the most creative architect practicing in America
today. Expanding on approaches initiated by Frank Lloyd Wright and
Bruce Goff, he celebrates a national tradition of absolute originality.
Christopher Mead provides the thoughtful, well-reasoned analysis
necessary to understand this work, matching in his enthusiasm the
exuberance of Prince’s designs.” — David De Long, University of Pennsylvania
“Bart Prince’s architecture stands alone today. It is in the Bruce Goff tradition, but Bart is his own person. Christopher Mead’s writing gives us insight into the history of place and family that shaped Prince, making him the unique architect that he is. It is an architecturally intelligent book, and is both analytical and perceptive.” — Ray Kappe, FAIA