Frank Lloyd Wright: the Architecture of Defiance by Jonathan Adams

Event Date + Time: 16th Feb 2023

Event Location:

Riverfront Studio Theatre, Kingsway, Newport NP20 1HG

Event Cost:

Tickets £13.50 (members) £15 non members

Event Information:

frank lloyd wright

This lecture will be interesting on so many different levels, not least because it makes a strong connection between Wales and the architect. Frank Lloyd Wright’s mother was born in Llandysul and emigrated to America, settling in Wisconsin. She was a Unitarian and joined a community in America where Wright was brought up in a devout, Welsh speaking community. The love of nature, hard work and questioning convention were passed on. His built his own home in the same valley where he grew up and named it Talliesin. The book reveals that Wright’s unbreakable self-belief and startling creative defiance both originated in the liberal religious and philosophical attitudes woven into his personality during childhood.

The lecture will be by Jonathan Adams a leading architect in Wales and author of the book shown above. Adams is best known for his landmark buildings in Cardiff including the Millennium Centre on Cardiff Bay. He was President of the Royal Society of British Architects in Wales from 2005 -2007.

Several TV programmes have been made on the subject including:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright: the man who built America on WTTW ( US station)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Effect of architect’s Welsh Heritage BBC 16 July 2017
  • Welsh roots of architect Frank Lloyd Wright  BBC 9th April 2014

Described as: this ground-breaking study brilliantly illuminates the Welsh dimensions of Wrights life and work.

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