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IN CONVERSATION ONLINE – Ayad Rahmani on Wright and Emerson

January 11, 2024

Join us for a conversation between Jennifer Gray and Ayad Rahmani exploring Rahmani’s latest book on Wright and Emerson titled, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transforming the American Mind. Seen alone, Wright emerges as the architect of great buildings such as Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, the Robie House in Chicago, Illinois, and The Guggenheim in New York, NY, among many others. But pair him with Emerson and a different person surfaces altogether, more now the nationalist concerned for a country that, by the late 19th century, had become derailed by an economic system that left many without the time and ability to chart a course of one’s own intellectual independence. How Wright went on to find a corrective course will be the focus of the conversation, but we will also move on to cover other topics central to the architect’s many contributions to architecture and modernity.


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Adults $25
Students (13-25 with student ID) $17
Members $22.50

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Meet Our Presenter

Ayad Rahmani is a professor of architecture at Washington State University where he teaches courses in design and theory. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which examines the degree to which Ralph Waldo Emerson contributed to Frank Lloyd Wright’s intellectual commitment to shaping American architecture and the national mind. He is the architectural critic of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, his local paper, writing about issues related to urban planning, building design and culture. He lives in Pullman, Washington.