At just 13 years old, I knew I wanted to be an architect. Hearing my interest, my mother bought me a book about architecture at a library book sale. The book's subject? Frank Lloyd Wright.
Twenty years later, after architecture school morphed into a career designing products for my own company, I wanted to get back to my earlier love so I began presenting talks about Frank Lloyd Wright's life and architecture to small groups at museums, libraries, and women's groups.
In just a few short years, this led to invitations from organizations all over the country and opportunities to present at some of the most famous Wright structures, including Hollyhock House in Los Angeles and Robie House in Chicago.
Today, the story has come full-circle, with my mother, Robin Richter, joining me to curate special Wright-focused tours through our small company, Architecture Travel Companion. From day trips to sites like Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida or the Spring House in Tallahassee, to weeklong intensive trips to Wright's Prairie work in Oak Park, Illinois and to his iconic work at Fallingwater in Southwestern Pennsylvania, we put together amazing experiences for our guests, based upon Robin's knowledge of the travel industry and my passion for the architecture of Mr. Wright.
As a child, I was mesmerized by the gentle geometric rhythms of Wright's work. Without knowing then that his work was rooted in nature and organic principles, I absorbed the concepts of his ordered designs that synced with my own burgeoning understanding of the natural world. Wright's ideas and creations resonate for so many of us because they reflect back our natural harmony with nature, filtered through the lens of our human need to recognize patterns and order the world around us. Now as an adult, it is my great joy to share my lifelong love of this master artist's work with others.
We are busy crafting our next year of tours to important Wright sites around the United States. We expect to curate both large and small group tours. We hope to be able to share our excitement and the amazing sites that await us soon!