Welcome - Meet the Architect/Engineer
|"I came across the work
of Frank Lloyd Wright in the course of my studies at the University of Cairo.
It was at the United States Embassy Cultural Center, where I borrowed a book
to research a city planning assignment. The book was "The City" by Eliel Sarinen.
In small unassuming black lines there were the two plans of the Fredrich Robie
house in South Chicago; 1906. The architect plans imparted a sublime sense of order
where every line had to be where it was in order to accomplish the integrity
of the whole; nothing arbitrary or loose."
||"This is the way I found Frank Lloyd
Wright to be, during the eight years I knew him. Mr. Wright's views at any
given moment were direct and disarmingly simple. Over a period of time, as
these expressions remained valid, they became multi-dimensional eventually
creating a kaleidoscopic whole; brilliant, exciting and unpredictable. My work which was in
the beginning rooted in the philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect, developed into
a style of my own. I did architectural work in Arizona, California, Virginia,
Michigan, Wisconsin and Egypt."
"Then, I developed a conviction that for me to be a complete architect, I needed to posses a working knowledge of structural engineering. I studied engineering and became a licensed structural engineer. I did engineering for some of Frank Lloyd Wright's projects built after his death such as the first Christian Church in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Feldman (originally the Wall) residence in Berkeley, California. I also did engineering on some of John Lautner's buildings such as the Elrod Residence in Palm Springs, California and the Steven's residence in Malibu. This is of course in addition to the engineering I did and still do on my own work."
Kamal Amin, March 1999