Will Bruder

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Will Bruder
Born 1946
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (B.F.A., 1969)
Occupation Architect
Awards 1987 Rome Prize, 2013 FAIA
Practice Will Bruder Architects
Buildings Burton Barr Central Library, Agave Library, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Byrne Residence, Nevada Museum of Art.

Will Bruder (born in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American architect.[1]


Self-trained as an architect, Will Bruder received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, taking supplemental courses in structural engineering, philosophy, art history, and urban planning. Bruder was a student of Paolo Soleri, where he acquired field experience in woodwork, metal work, and masonry. In the summer of 1967, Bruder participated in Soleri's Silt Pile Workshop, and in 1968, he was an apprentice of Soleri at his Cosanti studio. Projects that he worked on during that time with Soleri include construction of the concrete vaults of the main drafting room, the 3D Jersey Project, and Soleri's book Arcology: The City in the Image of Man. After graduating from college in 1969, Bruder spent a year as an apprentice of Gunnar Birkerts, where he aided in the design of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In 1973, he obtained registration as an architect and opened his first studio in 1974.[2] In 1987, he was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome.[3]

Will Bruder continues his work as an architect and mentor to students of design from his studio, Will Bruder Architects, in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. He has led work for over 500 commissions and engages in his community in civic conversations regarding downtown Phoenix and the role of design in the urban desert environment.[2]

Selected Works[edit]

Burton Barr Central Library[edit]

Henkel US headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, 2006

The Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona, a five-story, 280,000-square-foot (26,000 m²) civic landmark that houses an open, one-acre (4,000 m²) reading room and a single, central open core providing vertical circulation. This central core, the "crystal canyon," is an atrium space containing three high-speed elevators and a grand staircase. The building incorporates a roof structure inspired by Buckminster Fuller's tensegrity structures and features motorized louvers on its south face for improved sun control. The reading room on the fifth floor features skylights that allow sunlight to shine directly onto the top of each corresponding column on solar noon of the summer solstice.[4] In 2008, the library was chosen as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride,[5] and in 2010, it received a LEED Existing Buildings Silver 2.0 designation.[6]

Other Works[edit]





Will Bruder has received numerous national awards and recognitions including the following:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h http://www.willbruderarchitects.com/
  2. ^ a b "A Dialogue with Editor—Will Bruder". GA Houses 116. May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Jodidio, Philip (1999). Building a New Millennium. Taschen. pp. 120–123. 
  4. ^ Baird, George (2001). The Architectural Expression of Environmental Control Systems. Spon Press. pp. 91–104. 
  5. ^ "Points of Pride". City of Phoenix. 
  6. ^ "Burton Barr Central Library". U.S. Green Building Council. 
  7. ^ 100x400, RIHAN.cc Volume 2. H.K. Rihan Culture Propaganda Co., Ltd. 2008. pp. 950–951. 
  8. ^ "Billings Public Library". ArchDaily. March 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ Hess, Alan (1996). Hyperwest: American Residential Architecture on the Edge. Crown Publishing Co. pp. 156–157. 
  10. ^ Mostaedi, Arian (2003). The International House. Barcelona, Spain: Carles Broto & Josep M. Minguet. pp. 34–41. 
  11. ^ McLeod, Virginia (2007). Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture. Laurence King Publishing, Ltd. pp. 98–101. 
  12. ^ Eck, Jeremiah (2011). House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally. New York, New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 62–69. 
  13. ^ Slavid, Ruth (2006). Les Nouvelles Maisons en Bois. Laurence King Publishing, Ltd. pp. front and back covers, 114–117. 
  14. ^ The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. Phaidon Press. 2008. p. 647. 
  15. ^ Original floor plans, material specifications Pima County AZ November 10, 1992 and description of services invoice June 2, 1994. 
  16. ^ "FAIA Directory". AIA College of Fellows. 
  17. ^ Snider, Bruce D. (October 18, 2011). "Hall of Fame: Will Bruder, AIA". Residential Architect. 
  18. ^ "LJ's New Landmark Libraries | Agave Library". Library Journal. May 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Awards Program". American Academy of Arts and Letters. 
  20. ^ "Member Directory". American Academy in Rome. 

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