Will Bruder

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

Bruder studied art and engineering, but had no formal university training in architecture. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1968, he worked and studied under Paolo Soleri, where he acquired field experience in woodwork, metal work, and masonry. Through apprenticeship with Soleri and with Gunnar Birkerts,[2] he obtained registration as an architect and opened his practice in 1974. He is the president of his studio - Will Bruder Architects, LLC - in Phoenix, Arizona.


Henkel US Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, 2006

Bruder's largest structure is 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 five-floor, glass-and-steel elevator and stairwell (the "Crystal Canyon"). The building incorporates a Buckminster Fuller tensegrity structure in its roof, and features motorized louvers on its south face for improved sun control.

Other works include:


A Guide to the Architecture of Metro Phoenix, Central Arizona Chapter AIA, 1983

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