Blaine Drake – His Mid-Century Modern Arizona Architecture, Julius Shulman Photographs & the Influence of Frank LLoyd Wright.

Presenter: Peter Drake

Blaine Drake, a student and member of the Taliesin School of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, influenced by the designs of Wright’s Usonian buildings, began adapting those concepts for desert climates in the 1940s. Drake’s work, based on open plans, emphasizing local materials and light, shade and sun angles, became the basis for a four-decade-long career. This session includes internationally-acclaimed Julius Shulman photographs of Drake’s work, renderings, construction drawings, and images from national and international publications about Drakes’ design influence. The session concludes with the importance of archiving an architect’s life’s work and includes sources of historically relevant information and research techniques.