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Geoffrey Baker has erved as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has taught at several other universities throughout the UK and US. He is currently teaching theory and design at Tulane University and is the author of Le Corbusier-The Creative Search (1995).
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Born in 1931, Geoffrey H. Baker was formerly Richard Koch Professor and is currently Professor Emeritus at Tulane University, New Orleans. He has served as a visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina. Following a period in architectural practice he was appointed lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1964. In the 1970s he was a member of the course team who developed Open University course A 305, 'History of Architecture and Design, 1890-1939.' As Reader at Brighton Polytechnic School of Architecture he pursued research into the architecture of Ahrends, Burton and Koralek. Whilst teaching in the United States he wrote and presented a video on Richard Meier's Atheneum at New Harmony, and as part of his teaching at Tulane became interested in the phenomenology of architecture.
He has written numerous articles on architectural design and authored the following: Le Corbusier: An analysis of Form, 1984, Le Corbusier: Early works by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, 1987. Design Strategies in Architecture, 1989. Le Corbusier: The Creative Search, 1996. Antoine Predock, 1997. The Architecture of James Stirling and his partners James Gowan and Michael Wilford, 2011.
Geoffrey Baker has lectured extensively in Europe, the United States and the Far East. In recent years he joined summer schools in Siena led by Professor Rene´ Diaz of the University of Kansas. This annual gathering, in a city that captures the essence of genius loci, has illuminated his understanding of not only Siena, but the surrounding region of Tuscany. In the company of enthusiastic students from the School of Architecture at Lawrence, it was the richness of these experiences that inspired this volume and led to the idea for a series discussing Spirit of Place.
Prof. Baker's presentation of Le Corbusier's architecture as a series of progressively related formal compositions is comprehensive, extraordinarily clear, and wonderfully executed. The bulk of the book consists of Baker's own drawings and diagrams which lend a consistency and lucidity to his analyses of form. Each project is desrcibed in the same format, with unusual attention to both the physical and biographical context in which it was built or proposed. The investigation of buildings as formal compositions gives a persuasive critical consistency to Corbusier's ouvre from the earliest Swiss villas to the didactic purism of the international style to his later, more mature expressions of the interaction of spirit and matter. This study, in its thoughtfulness and elegance, is invaluable to any student of architecture and will provide insight not only into the techniques of formal composition but into the mind of one of the real heroes of modern design.
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