American architect Victor Lundy’s artistic talents from an early age influenced both his Beaux Arts and Bauhaus architectural training. His architectural works such as the Nokomis Presbyterian Drive-In Church, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul's Lutheran Fellowship Hall, and Warm Mineral Springs Motel showcase Lundy’s exploration of structural systems. The I Miller Salon, Singer Showroom, and IBM Building reflect how he used materials to create evocative spaces. The “space flowers” at the at World’s Fair in 1964–1965 and his traveling exhibition hall for the US Atomic Energy Commission represent his search for the overlap between form and efficiency in pneumatic structures. Lundy’s US Tax Court building and US Embassy in Sri Lanka were both a study in patience and determination.
During this talk, Donna Kacmar, FAIA, a Professor at the University of Houston and the principal of Architect Works, PLLC, as well as the editor and author of several chapters in the book Victor Lundy: Artist Architect, provided an overview of Lundy’s career. Whitney Moon, Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Architecture at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, discussed the pneumatic structures of Lundy.
You can purchase the book from its publisher or your local bookstore:
→ Victor Lundy: Artist Architect (Princeton Architectural Press, 2018).