Rudolph, Paul (1918-1997), Arquiteto norte-americano:

Laboratório ENDO (1965), Garden City, New Jersey;
Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Yale (1960);
Manhattan Bridge e Willianburg Bridge (1980), EUA.

"Architecture is a personal effort, and the fewer people coming between you and your work the better. This keeps some people from practicing architecture...If an architect cares enough, and practices architecture as an art, then he must initiate design; he must create rather than make judgments." -- Paul Rudolph (1918-1997)

Paul Rudolph was the architect responsible for UMass Dartmouth’s original master plan and the design of most of the buildings on campus.

Born in 1918 in Elkton, Kentucky, Rudolph graduated from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1940 and in 1941 began advanced studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. His studies were interrupted by World War II and three years of service in the U.S. Navy. After the war, Rudolph returned to Harvard, where he studied with renowned architect Walter Gropius. After a decade of success designing private residences primarily in the South, Rudolph began to receive commissions for larger public projects and in 1958 was named chairman of the department of architecture at Yale University. It was here that he designed one of his most famous works, the Art and Architecture Building, which was completed in 1963.

Rudolph left Yale in 1965 to open his own firm, continuing to design inventive and original buildings for both the public and private sectors. Like many architects of the period, he believed that urban design could contribute to social reform.

Rudolph’s work exhibits a highly personal and uncompromising style, and his buildings are designed to excite and challenge its occupants. The strong vertical striations are obtained with either ribbed-block or ribbed wood forms. Lively and rugged, his buildings are often made from exposed concrete surfaces. The rough texture is achieved by hammering away at the poured concrete to expose the inner aggregate. The interiors are dynamic, playing with light and shadow, drama and abstraction. Beams slide past vertical supports; walls are de-emphasized. Built-in furnishings enhance and divide the spaces.

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