Craig Ellwood

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Craig Ellwood

(b. Clarendon, Texas 1922; d. 1992)

Craig Ellwood was born in Clarendon, Texas in 1922. A building cost estimator, Ellwood worked for a construction company in Los Angeles as a cost estimator while he took night classes at the University of California at Los Angeles Extension Division. One year before completing his studies he established Craig Ellwood Associates in Los Angeles.

Craig Ellwood learned about building in steel and plastic sheet before he studied architectural theory. This gave him an understanding of steel construction that his contemporaries from architectural schools rarely acquired.

Ellwood's designs incorporated the use of steel with thoughtful detailing and craftsmanship. He developed the trademark structural device of an exposed warren truss that used small members to span big distances.

In the 1960s, Ellwood was highly influenced by the simple architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. However, Ellwood was closer aesthetically to the light-steel cages of Charles Eames than to the structural formalism of Mies van der Rohe.

Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980, p233-234. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA680.C625 1980.

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