apprenticing with Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkets, Will
Bruder (from Milwaukee) started a career in the desert (in
Phoenix). He approaches architecture as "functional
fine art based on site and user needs," a valid phiosophy
he has used in buildings across the American southwest.
His firm has specialized in designing structures that are
sensitive (in material, design and orientation) to the landscape,
as well as specializing in innovative library designs, both
in the southwest and all across the United States.
(2001) Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Will Bruder's hometown library, designed
by a firm that now seems to design a lot of libraries in
other people's hometowns. The Phoenix Central Library includes
a floating ceiling and the Crystal Canyon, a five story
atrium with skylights designed to track the desert sun.
Click here to learn about the Burton Barr (Phoenix) Central
Library, as well as all of the fine (local) services they
Museum of Contemporary Art
(1999) Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
A great building for a great (small)
museum, reason alone to go to Scottsdale. Off
the lobby are two permanent works- a glass wall by that
glass wall guy (James Carpenter) and James Turrell's wonderful
Knight Rise- so much more than just a hole in the ceiling.
Click here to learn about the Scottsdale Museum of Art,
with large rotating galleries there's (probably) always
something new to see
Museum of Art
(2003) Reno, Nevada, United States
The best building in Reno (and probably
in Nevada), the Nevada Museum of Art is hard to miss. It
houses what could best be described as an erratic collection
of temporary exhibitions, but I guess that doesn't matter
because the building makes up for it.
Click here to go
to the NMA site. There are lots of good pictures of the
building as well as a list of current and upcoming exhibitions
Bruder Architects, Ltd.
Phoenix, Arizona, US
Online at willbruder.com
Will Bruder 1946
born Milwaukee, WI, US
1987 Rome Prize
Bruder: Recent Works (Planet Architecture CD-ROM)
by in-D, Dana Hutt
though it's not a book, it's still good. Over two hundred
pictures, sixty (fun) you-are-there panoramas, drawings and
interviews on a nice, shiny CD-ROM... (read