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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[…]

The list starts at Stonehenge.

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