Wendell Burnette, FAIA
USC Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center (HAR)
Wendell Burnette is a self-taught architect with an internationally recognized body of work. His architectural practice is based in Phoenix and is engaged in a wide range of private and public projects. Burnette’s work is concerned with space, light, context and community. He is a native of Nashville who discovered the southwest desert as an apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. His eleven year association with the studio of Will Bruder culminated in six-year design collaboration on the Phoenix Central Library. He is a professor of practice at Arizona State University and lectures widely in the United States and abroad. His projects include residences located locally and nationally, the Palo Verde Library / Maryvale Community Center, the Scottsdale Teen Center, Amangiri Resort in southern Utah as well as current work in China, Canada and Qatar. He has received the 2009 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters recognizing an, “American architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction,” which was accompanied by an exhibition of this work in NYC. His design philosophy is grounded in listening and distilling the essence of a project to create highly specific architecture that is at once functional and poetic.
Burnette will hold the Nancy M. & Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic endowed chair, a faculty endowment honoring Nancy and Edward Fox, members of a three-generation Trojan family. The endowment provides funds for the annual appointment of a visiting urban design critic at the School. The critic is responsible for teaching and research in the area of urban design and the role of the business community in the development of cities. The critic incorporates the complimentary roles of architects, urban designers and financial partners in city building.
Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd.