First Drafts is a series exploring the early work of our architectural icons, examining their careers through the lens of their debut projects. Each profile focuses on an architect's first finished building—often surprising, always insightful—as a solo practitioner. From early works by a rookie that may presage stylistic revolutions, to simple structures that represent the first full-fledged payday, these articles will tell the stories behind the initial steps towards forming their own practice and honing their own style. Within the vast field of great building design, we aim to uncover the significance of first acts.
The featured architects, in alphabetical order:
・Hugh Newell Jacobsen
・Mies van der Rohe
・Frank Lloyd Wright