Paul Rudolph: An International Modernist

Paul Rodolph left his architectural mark on not only America, but the world from 1947 until his death in 1997. Born on October 23, 1918 in Elkton, Kentucky, Rudolph studied architecture and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (presently Auburn University) in 1947. (1)

                                Source: http://prudolph.lib.umassd.edu/node/14949

After a stint in the US Navy during World War II, he studied "under famed Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius" at Harvard University. Following graduation, he began a five year partnership with Ralph Twitchell in Sarasota, Florida.  “Rudolph was a leader and a “major figure of the ‘Sarasota School of Architecture,' which gained international attention for innovative solutions to the modern American home."  In 1951 Rudolph began practicing individually in Boston, New Haven and New York.  "He was Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1958-1965, during which his best known work, the Yale Art & Architecture Building, was completed and became both a Modernist icon and a topic of controversy.”(1)

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Many of his International Style and Brutalist designed buildings are considered ahead of their time in terms of construction and design; however, many of his works remain controversial, and quite a few have been demolished. Unfortunately, his legacy like many other notable architects is always in jeopardy.

Sources, and further information:
The Paul Rudolph Foundation: http://www.paulrudolph.org/
Paul Rudolph and his Architecture: http://prudolph.lib.umassd.edu/
Paul Rudolph on Archiplanet: http://www.archiplanet.org/wiki/Paul_Rudolph

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