Lebbeus Woods

I'm not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules.”

Lebbeus Woods was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1940. The son of an accomplished military engineer, he worked with Kevin Roche at Eero Saarinen and Associates before turning decisively, in the mid-1970s, to independent, conceptual work staged through drawings, models, and installations. He co-founded the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture and is a Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union as well as a lecturer at the European Graduate School. The author of many books and subject of many exhibitions worldwide, his writings and drawings have inspired architects, film directors, story-writers, and dreamers of all kinds.

Woods’ drawings are held in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Carnegie Museum of Modern Art; the Getty Research Institute; and the Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna.

 

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Four Houses

Pencil on paper
12 x 9 inches
30.5 x 22.9 cm
Signed and dated: 16 Dec 97 on recto

Aliens III

Pencil on stock
14.5 x 23 inches
36.7 x 58.4 cm
Signed and dated on recto

Solohouse

Color pencil on stock
15 x 11 inches
38.1 x 27.9 cm

 

Solohouse

Color pencil on stock
15 x 11 inches
38.1 x 27.9 cm

 

Centricity, 1987

Colored pencil, ink, sepia wash on paper
24 x 23 inches
61 x 58.4 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed on recto

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