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DESIGN 271: The Language of Organic Architecture

Learning Objectives

  • Organic Architecture: Not Your Typical Approach to Architectural Design
  • The Language of Organic Architecture
  • The Chicago School of Architecture: Urban Modernism
  • The Life Work of Frank Lloyd Wright
  • The Apprentices to Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Bruce Goff: Uncommon Materials in Common Ways
  • Today's Organic Architects
  • Numkena: A Culture, An Artist and the Architect


Describe the key principles of various styles and how to coordinate watershape design with architecture. Understanding the architecture of both the built structures and the surrounding landscape will enable watershape designers to coordinate details and relate the water elements back to the surrounding environment in an appropriate way. It is easy to find examples of pools that clearly do not reflect the style of the home. They are usually the result of a production-type builder that is only comfortable replicating the same pool they have built many times. However, when the pool is well-designed to match the home’s architecture, the effect can be breathtaking and add real value to the property. This process can only begin after a basic understanding of architectural styles – the palette from which we draw from.


  • PSP Expertise: Landscape Designers
  • PSP Focus: Architect/Designer
  • PSP Level 300
  • Required Prerequisite D101
  • This is one of four (D201-D204) optional classes required for the SWD certification.

Time/ Credits

16:00 hrs

Instructor Brian Spencer, AIA / IAA / PAACH

Brian Spencer, AIA / IAA / PAACH