Which architects do you most identify with?
New York-based architect Lee Mindel received his Master of Architecture from Harvard after obtaining his B.A., Cum Laude with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the New York architecture firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Rogers, Butler, Burgun, before forming the firm Shelton, Mindel, & Associates with Peter Shelton in 1978. Since the formation of Shelton, Mindel & Associates in 1978, the architects have strayed from the dictates of their modernist training to avoid the trappings of a signature style. Their formal explorations steadily oscillate between the "modern" and the "traditional," directed in each cast toward a carefully wrought simplicity. In addition to the firm’s architecture and interior design expertise, it has a product design division with collections for Knoll, Waterworks, Jack Lenor Larsen, V’Soske, and Nessen Lighting. Shelton Mindel & Associates is the recipient of 17 AIA awards for interior architecture, three design awards from the Society of American Registered Architects, a Progressive Architecture citation, three Roscoe awards for product design and most recently the 2004 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum. The American Institute of Architecture, the National Academy of Design, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts have exhibited the firm’s work in both traveling and permanent exhibitions. Both Peter L. Shelton and Lee F. Mindel have been inducted into the Interior Hall of Fame, and in 2000 Mindel became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Question: Which architects do you most identify with?
Lee Mindel: I wouldn’t say necessarily identify with but respect and admire the way they think and the way they create, the way they create, the way they build. It goes back to ---- all the way back to Michaelangelo and to Bernini and its Stonehenge from very primitive things through the change in the 20th century whether it’s Adolph Ogner and Adolph Luce and Joseph Hoffman and then Corbett Seang [phonetic] and the future is, I mean it’s hard to isolate out one because all of them play a kind of tactic inhistory and the late Louis Conn has struggled so much, but I had the good fortune to actually attend his lectures. He was a poet about architecture and he could distill things down to their very essence and that’s a great lesson to learn how you take something down to what it really means and its true meaning and fine meaning and let all the distractions fall away because ideas are timeless and when something is honest its timeless. It’s not an ‘ism’, those are fashion movements, but the great Lucon and there are so many wonderful people like Calatrava, heard of them and Demiurge and Zaga, Frankurie on and on and on that do beautiful work.
Recorded On: 6/1/07
The list starts at Stonehenge.
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