Craig Ellwood and the betterment of Johnnie Burke Professor Neil Jackson, Society of Architectural Historians (SAHGB)
Humanities Research Centre Lecture
The story of Craig Ellwood, architect of sleek, minimalist steel and glass houses which so epitomised post-war architecture in California, is one, as much as anything, of his four wives.
In a career which took him from being a building cost estimator to a creator of abstract paintings in the manner of Josef Albers and Lorser Feitelson, each step of the way was characterised by a different marriage. But then, Craig Ellwood was not an architect and he wasn’t really Craig Ellwood either.
About the speaker
Professor Neil Jackson
Neil Jackson, the President of the SAHGB, is an architect and architectural historian and the Charles Reilly Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool. He has published widely on 19th and 20th-century architecture in Britain, America and Japan. His 2002 book, Craig Ellwood, won the Banister Fletcher Prize; his most recent book, Japan and the West: An Architectural Dialogue, was published in 2019.