The head of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation argues that the famous architect's built legacy and concepts are surprisingly in step with today's world.

Although born a century and a half ago, Frank Lloyd Wright is more relevant than ever. So says Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, founded in 1940 and run out of Wright’s Taliesin West compound in Scottsdale, Arizona, ever since. A Chicago native, Graff grew up with an appreciation for Wright’s aesthetics, which blossomed into outright admiration when he learned of the architect’s humble beginnings and how they mirrored his own. Subsequent study would reveal the prescience of Wright’s principles of organic architecture, among other concepts. Metropolis contributor Gretchen Von Koenig talked with Graff about his forward-looking vision for the foundation, making Wright’s philosophy available to a wider audience, and the milestone birthday celebrations happening this summer you won’t want to miss.

On beginning his major career move, Graff writes: Fast forward another 45 or so years and I’m sitting down to dinner with Lynn Rzonca, the intellectual property counsel for the foundation. She knew that I always planned to make a move into nonprofit, but I had all this inertia to overcome. She said, “Well, what about the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation?” What I had was 45 years in amateur study and a hell of a lot of passion. Apparently, that was what they needed—coupled with experience in intellectual property licensing, financial acumen, and good strategic management. I’m grateful to them because I have the greatest job in the world. I picked something that has been a lifelong passion, and I now make a living inspiring that passion in other people. It doesn’t get better than that.

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