Craig Ellwood (April 22, 1922 – May 30, 1992) was an influential Los Angeles-based modernist architect whose career spanned the early 1950s through the mid-1970s. Ellwood was mostly self-taught, he received formal education through evening courses in structural engineering at the University of California. His apprenticeship in a construction company provided him with deep understanding of construction processes. He was recognized professionally for fusing of the formalism of Mies van der Rohe with the informal style of California modernism.
Among his acclaimed projects are the Security Pacific Bank Building and the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena. In his residential projects, Ellwood used steel-frame construction to striking effect. He was involved in the ‘Case study houses’ experiment, sponsored by Arts & Architecture in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. He designed CSH 16, 17 & 18. He opted for an apparent structural steel skeleton with glazed walls and interior wall panels in brick or translucid glass. In the late 70’ he retired as an architect and devoted his attention to painting.
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