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Losers, Digital Original Edition

A BIT of Bleak Houses


The usual history of architecture is a grand narrative of soaring monuments and heroic makers. It rarely acknowledges the personal failures and disappointments of architects. In this BIT, Timothy Brittain-Catlin writes about the losers. These are architects who were excited by big ideas and inspiring buildings, wanted to re-create in their own work this feeling of greatness, but lacked the talent and the luck to make it happen—Cecil Corwin, for example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s friend and professional partner, who was so overwhelmed by Wright’s genius that he had to stop designing.

About the Author

Timothy Brittain-Catlin is a Reader at Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent. His writing has appeared in The World of Interiors, Architectural Review, and many other publications.