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Paperback | $45.00 Trade | £31.95 | ISBN: 9780262531672 | 480 pp. | 8.5 x 10 in | August 1999

Pietro Belluschi

Modern American Architect


Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994) was the last survivor of a generation of European immigrants who had a major impact on American architecture. This extensively illustrated study of Belluschi's life and work sheds critical light on the remarkable accomplishments of the AIA Gold Medalist and designer (by his own estimate) of more than 1,000 buildings and projects. The book reveals the enormous power that Belluschi wielded as an arbiter of taste and a decision-maker in the 1950s and 1960s; his role in shaping the policy of the State Department in its overseas building program; and his role in securing major commissions for favored architects such as I. M. Pei. The book also discusses Belluschi's role in the development of regionalism in the Pacific Northwest and its impact on the definition of modernism as it was emerging in the United States.

About the Author

Meredith L. Clausen is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of Pietro Belluschi: Modern American Architect (MIT Press, 1999.)


". . . a well-crafted biography that sheds light on decades ofAmerican architectural practice."
Progressive Architecture

"Anyone interested in the history of post-WW II American architectureand the critical reception of modernism in American culture will findthis model study invaluable."