Will Bruder

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Will Bruder
Born1946 (age 72–73)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (B.F.A., 1969)
Awards1987 Rome Prize, 2013 FAIA
PracticeWill Bruder Architects
BuildingsBurton Barr Central Library, Agave Library, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Byrne Residence, Nevada Museum of Art.

Will Bruder (born 1946) 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, is a five-story, 280,000-square-foot (26,000 m²) building 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 containing three high-speed elevators and a grand staircase. The building incorporates a roof inspired by Buckminster Fuller's tensegrity structures with motorized louvers on its south face for sun control. The reading room on the fifth floor has 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]

Temple Kol Ami[edit]

Completed in 1994, the Temple features stone masonry inspired by ancient communities in Israel.[7]

Riddell Advertising Agency[edit]

The building takes inspiration from its natural surroundings in Jackson, Wyoming.[8] A skylit atrium with three log columns centers the vertically organized building. The building includes office space, a presentation room, photography studio, library, and lunchroom.[9]

Nevada Museum of Art[edit]

The exterior resembles Nevada’s geography in the Black Rock Desert. The interior features an atrium that extends over four stories and a glass pavilion.[10] The Reno museum was completed in 2003.

Loloma 5[edit]

Five 1,540-square-foot mixed-use living/work structures are accented on the exterior with a perforated metal gate and bamboo/mesh fence.[11] The building has a sustainable, desert design.[12] In 2005, the multi-unit development received a Citation Award from AIA Western Mountain Region and a Merit Award from AIA Arizona.[citation needed]

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art[edit]

Completed in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1999, the museum is a retrofit of a former movie theater. It is minimalist in design with four galleries. The building has a James Turrell Skyspace Knight Rise. The exterior features the Scrim Wall by James Carpenter Design Associates.

Henkel North American Headquarters[edit]

Located on about five acres in Scottsdale, the Henkel Headquarters is a 348,000-square-foot, four-story structure.[13] The “Cafetorium” serves as a meeting point for employees. The building also features a rooftop building.[clarification needed] The building was awarded a LEED Silver rating because of its use of thermal and shading technologies, raised floor systems, and indirect lighting in office areas.[14]

Agave Library[edit]

Completed in 2009, the 25,405-square-foot branch library is constructed of stacked bond concrete masonry units and glass enclosing a rectangular space with hard-trowelled concrete floors and sandblasted cmu walls.[15] Situated in a suburban shopping center, the construction recalls the tradition of drive-in movie theaters common in post-war American suburbs.[16] The library received the Landmark Library Award in 2011 and an Honor Award from AIA Arizona in 2010.[citation needed]

Other works[edit]






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  2. ^ a b "A Dialogue with Editor—Will Bruder". GA Houses 116. May 2010.
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ "Temple Kol Ami | will bruder architects". Will Bruder Architects. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  8. ^ "A lens in the landscape". Sunset. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Riddel Advertising and Design | will bruder architects". Will Bruder Architects. June 24, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Hall, Christopher (July 20, 2003). "ART/ARCHITECTURE; Architecture in Reno (And Not a Casino)". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "Loloma 5 Live/Work #1 - Will Bruder Architect". azarchitecture.com | Architecture in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Carefree, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Arizona. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Stang, Alanna; Hawthorne, Christopher (2005). The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Princeton Architectural Press.
  13. ^ "Henkel | will bruder architects". Will Bruder Architects. 2015-06-18. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "Henkel Scottsdale gets LEED certification". Phoenix Business Journal. December 22, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
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  16. ^ Miller, Rebecca T.; Genco, Barbara A. (2015). Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal. Rowman & Littlefield.
  17. ^ "CultureNOW - Deer Valley Rock Art Center: will bruder architects and Christy Ten Eyck Landscape Architects". culturenow.org. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  18. ^ 100x400, RIHAN.cc Volume 2. H.K. Rihan Culture Propaganda Co., Ltd. 2008. pp. 950–951.
  19. ^ "Billings Public Library". ArchDaily. March 15, 2016.
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  21. ^ "www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/billings-public-library_o". www.architectmagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  22. ^ "CGCC to open Bridget Hall designed by will bruder+PARTNERS in Arizona - DesignCurial". www.designcurial.com. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  23. ^ "Hercules Public Library / will bruder+PARTNERS". ArchDaily. 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
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  25. ^ Hess, Alan (1996). Hyperwest: American Residential Architecture on the Edge. Crown Publishing Co. pp. 156–157.
  26. ^ Mostaedi, Arian (2003). The International House. Barcelona, Spain: Carles Broto & Josep M. Minguet. pp. 34–41.
  27. ^ McLeod, Virginia (2007). Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture. Laurence King Publishing, Ltd. pp. 98–101.
  28. ^ Eck, Jeremiah (2011). House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally. New York, New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 62–69.
  29. ^ Slavid, Ruth (2006). Les Nouvelles Maisons en Bois. Laurence King Publishing, Ltd. pp. front and back covers, 114–117.
  30. ^ Original floor plans, material specifications Pima County AZ November 10, 1992 and description of services invoice June 2, 1994.
  31. ^ "FAIA Directory". AIA College of Fellows.
  32. ^ Snider, Bruce D. (October 18, 2011). "Hall of Fame: Will Bruder, AIA". Residential Architect.
  33. ^ "LJ's New Landmark Libraries | Agave Library". Library Journal. May 10, 2011.
  34. ^ "Awards Program". American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  35. ^ "Member Directory". American Academy in Rome.

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