Thursday, March 28, 2024
6:00 p.m. CDT
Free for Members; $10 for Non-Members

Join us for a conversation with Ayad Rahmani about his recent book titled Frank Lloyd Wright & Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transforming the American Mind. In it we will explore Wright’s response to a nation derailed by an economic system that he felt had left Americans incapable of original thought and innovation. Emerson was Wright’s guide, providing the itinerary with which to put the national ship back on course. What that journey looked like will be at the center of the talk, examining, among other topics, the degree to which architecture played a role. Words and speeches were important, but what about walls, windows and doors? How might they have contributed to Wright’s attempt at cultural awakening?

Speaker: Ayad Rahmani, Professor of Architecture, Washington State University
Ayad Rahmani is a professor of architecture at Washington State University, where he teaches courses in design and theory. He is a board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the author of two previous books, most recently in 2015, Kafka’s Architectures. He lives in Pullman, Washington.

Tickets and registration:
Advance registration is required. Tickets are $10 for the general public, or complimentary for Conservancy members. If you are not a member, click here to learn more about member benefits and join.


How this event works:
Before the event starts you will receive an email with a Zoom access link. Please install and test Zoom in advance on the device on which you intend to view the event. A link to view the recording, which will be available for one month, will be emailed to all registrants after the event.

If you have questions or require registration assistance, please email [email protected].

The book is available for purchase at

This event is supported by the Rotary Historic Preservation Fellowship.

Book cover with abstract image resembling the Guggenheim Museum

Book cover of Frank Lloyd Wright & Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transforming the American Mind by Ayad Rahmani

Posted February 29, 2024