House for My Mother: Architects Build for their Families

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Building a house for one's parents is a time-honored way for many architects to begin their careers, to showcase experimental ideas, or simply to honor the people who raised them. From these houses we can gain clearer insights about the designers' ideas on form, space, style, and place. These houses offer rich insight into the client-architect relationship, and they give elegant architectural expression to ideas about home, family, and childhood memories. A House for My Mother features 25 houses designed over the last 50 years by various architects for their mothers, fathers, in-laws, and extended families. Included are the well-known works of recognized designers as well as early works from promising young architects. Extensive interviews with the architects and their families reveal the joys and difficulties of these very personal commissions. The houses offer innovative and affordable designs, in a variety of styles and building materials, for homes ranging from city dwellings to beach houses and mountain retreats. As the architects were generally given broad control over the design, these homes showcase the ideas that characterize their work. The architects in this collection include Natalye Appel, Peter Bohlin, Walter Chatham, Charles Gwathmey, Steven Izenour, Donna Kacmar, Robert Kahn, Mark and Jean Larson, Joanna Lombard and Denis Hector, Robert Luchetti, Suzanne Martinson, Richard Meier, Charles Menefee, Mark Simon, Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Robert Venturi, and Paul Westlake.

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Beth Dunlop is an award-winning architectural critic and author who currently lives in Miami. She served as architecture critic for the Miami Herald for thirteen years, and was awarded the Critic's Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1993.

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Architects tend to think of designing a house for their parents as a chance to launch a career. But the new book by Miami-based critic Beth Dunlop reveals how much more complicated the process can be - encompassing not only issues of architecture, psychology, program, and memory, but in effect calling into question everything that a house and home can be. Oculus

When renowned architects design houses for their parents or other family members, the project can be highly personal and a challenge....Such challenges are explored by award-winning architectural critic and author Beth Dunlop in A House for My Mother: Architects Build for Their Families. Newark Star-Ledger

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