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Will Bruder Elected Fellow Of The American Institute Of Architects

Phoenix-based architect Will Bruder, whose unique blending of space, materials and light is reflected in more than 700 projects around the world including the iconic Burton Barr Phoenix Central Library, Deer Valley Rock Arts Center and Nevada Museum of Art has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Bruder was formally inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows with an FAIA in Design at the annual AIA conference in Denver. He is among 122 AIA members elected by a Jury of Fellows. Only 3,000 AIA members out of a membership of more than 80,000 have attained the distinction.

“Will approaches his work as a craftsman and continually strives for innovation, originality and authenticity,” wrote Tod Williams, FAIA, in his candidacy sponsorship letter. “Grounded by a deep respect for the specificity of people and place, Will’s buildings consistently respond to the site and user’s needs. The importance of scale and detail, the practical application of form, materiality and sense of place are paramount to his work.”

In a career approaching 50 years, Bruder “has built a beautiful body of work, from cabins to estates, places of worship, art museums, libraries and corporate headquarters,” Williams wrote. “Will’s passion and commitment to architecture are exemplary and his visionary practice is inspiring.”

“Earning recognition from the College of Fellows for a career that has been my passion, my commitment and my inspiration is a humbling honor,” Bruder said. “To be included among this group of architects with an incredibly rich legacy of innovation, origination and craftsmanship is overwhelming.”

Bruder, who launched Will Bruder Architects, LLC in 2012, is a self-educated architect with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. After successfully passing his registration on the first try, he opened his studio in 1974. He counts Paolo Soleri, Bunnar Birkerts, Bruce Goff and Paul Schweikher, among an impressive group of mentors.

Throughout his career, Bruder mentored students and young architects and he has held more than a dozen professorships at, among other venues, MIT, Yale, University of Virginia, Tulane University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon.

His work and architectural legacy span the globe. He received the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Rome in 1987 and the Chrysler Design Award and The Academy of Arts and letters Award in 2000. Named Arizona AIA Architect of the Year in 2008, he also was named Arizona Educator of the Year in 1966 and was the 2004 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards Artist of the Year.

“Will’s architecture is personal and richly expressive with powerful forms and spaces,” said Peter Q. Bolin of Bohlin, Cywinski Jackson in his letter of reference. “At the same time it is based on a very fine and discerning understanding of the fabric, materials and intelligently conceived structure that help make it truly notable.”


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Will Bruder + Partners To Form 2 Independent Firms

Effective July 1, the partners of architectural firm Will Bruder + Partners will form two independent firms with diverse architectural offerings.

After a 17-year history working together to build successful and landmark projects, this amicable separation reflects a natural evolution of individual and collective goals relating to firm size, design methodology and management. The separate entities will maintain their commitment to all existing contracts and all employees will be offered positions in the new firms.

Firm founder Will Bruder, AIA, will lead WILL BRUDER ARCHITECTS from new offices in the NCG Building, 4200 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

WILL BRUDER ARCHITECTS will extend the hands-on approach of Bruder’s 30-plus year career as an architect and educator dedicated to creating uniquely contemporary architectural environments in celebration of people and place. The firm’s work will include residential, repurposing, civic/cultural/educational buildings as well as mixed-use urban in-fill, master-planning and interiors with a focus on making cities more livable.

The existing practice of Will Bruder + Partners will re-brand as WORKSBUREAU, under the direction of Rob Gaspard AIA, Richard Jensen AIA and Ben Nesbeitt. WORKSBUREAU will remain at its current location at 2524 N. 24th St., Phoenix, focusing on expanding its dynamic collaborative approach through a broad range of architectural services for diverse projects regionally, nationally and internationally.

Known for innovation through a process of thoughtful inquiry, the firm will continue to develop purposeful and evocative contributions to the urban fabric.

“We are proud of the work we’ve completed together over the years. Our team is excited for this opportunity to continue our legacy of excellence in the design of thoughtfully considered environments with an inclusive approach,” Gaspard said.

“Our collective intent during this process has been to ensure a smooth transition allowing each firm to move independently and amicably toward future success. We are confident that we have achieved that goal,” Bruder said.

For information about WILL BRUDER ARCHITECTS LLC visit www.willbruderarchitects.com or call (602) 312-7399.

For information about WORKSBUREAU, visit www.worksbureau.com or call (602) 324 6000.