Conrad Buff and Donald
Hensman produced an impressive body of elegant California modern architecture
over their long partnership, including
a contribution to Art & Architecture magazine’s Case Study
House Program, as well as houses for many celebrities and the Governor’s
Mansion for Ronald Reagan. Buff and Hensman’s houses epitomized
an increasingly casual lifestyle that began to revolutionize social habits
across the United States. An almost perfect climate in and around Los
Angeles made it possible for the architects to evolve a light wood frame
and glass panel architecture that blends seamlessly with its surroundings.
After a building code change later in their career made it necessary
to change their design medium, they did it effortlessly, opening up a
new phase in their creative life.
This book is the first comprehensive look at their achievement with inside
commentary on their most important projects, as well as a complete chronology
of all of their work.
James Steele served as Senior Editor at Academy Editions from 1990 – 91,
and is a tenured professor at the University of Southern California in
Los Angeles. His publications include The Complete
Works of Hassan Fathy, Los Angeles; the Contemporary Contradiction,
Architecture Today and Architecture and Computers.