Nature, above all else, was Frank Lloyd Wright’s most inspirational force. He advised students to Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

Form and Function

As a young architect Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Louis Sullivan (1856–1924) in his Chicago-based architecture firm. Sullivan is known for steel frame constructions, considered some of the earliest ever skyscrapers. Sullivan’s famous axiom, “form follows function,” became the touchstone for many architects, but especially Wright.

Relationship With Nature

Rather than just plopping a building on the ground as if it could have been anywhere, for Wright, every structure has its own “grammar” and a unique relationship to its surroundings. Over the course of his career, he designed about 800 buildings — 380 of them were built, and 280 are still standing today.

Organic Design

“Prepare a geometric study of any Wisconsin wildflower endeavoring to get at the essence of its inherent character. Organize this pattern into a design structured upon a unit system. Strive to establish a grammar which will be an inseparable consequence of the design element and unit system.”
Form and Function
Located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, the national historic landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular homes for tourists, with 4.5 million visitors since 1964 (167,270 people visited in 2015 alone).


Wright's creations aren't limited to sprawling mansions in the woods or intricate works of nature and majesty. Every structure he's designed contains the imprint of his design ethics.


Photography by Steve Quinn, Morgan Dunn, and Amber Naskrent
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