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Architect Herb Greene to Lecture on Campus

Internationally noted architect Herb Greene will headline the Goff Lecture Series hosted by the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture.

NORMAN – Internationally noted architect Herb Greene will headline the Goff Lecture Series hosted by the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture on Friday, April 14, in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium in Gaylord Hall, 395 W. Lindsey.

This 4 p.m. lecture, and the discussion immediately following, will focus on the Creating_Making process of Greene’s well-known Prairie House and on the amalgamation of art and architecture.

“Herb Greene helped shape the legacy of our Oklahoma-based architecture program,” observed Dean Hans E. Butzer

Studying under acclaimed architect-educator Bruce Goff, Greene developed a host of notable drawings and presentations that are now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, which has accepted a majority of Greene’s architectural drawings and paintings.

While Greene’s work with Goff, as well as that of John Lautner, an original apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, is nationally known, Greene’s most recognized built work is the design and construction of the Prairie House. Causing an international stir, Greene’s project was published in color in Life and Look magazines, as well as The London Times and assorted journals throughout Europe and Japan. Keeping a green initiative in mind, Greene designed the house to withstand strong winds, while using passive heating. With a cedar-feathered appearance, Greene's personal home (dubbed the Prairie Chicken House by Look magazine) was conceived a decade before “green” thinking even became popular.

“It invited the idea that the American landscape, and nature in general, could become a lasting basis for design and placemaking in the post-modern era,” said Butzer. “Herb Greene, through the American School, symbolizes what makes our College of Architecture unique, and more relevant today than ever. Now, we can gather around once again to hear this great teacher of architects share his ideas and work.”

For more information and accommodations, please call the College of Architecture (405) 325- 2444. For more information on Greene, please visit herbgreene.org