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256 pages
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12" high x 9 3⁄4" wide
ISBN: 1-890449-24-5

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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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Architect 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.