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Architecture
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Architecture
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual people have contributed significantly to the field of architecture and to the creation of queer space.
Arts and Crafts Movement
As part of its reaction against the industrialism of the nineteenth century, the Arts and Crafts movement, which emphasized handcrafted decorative works of art and architecture, created medieval-type artists' guilds, which have been seen as homosocial.
Findlater, James Ogilvy, Earl of
James Ogilvy, the 7th Earl of Findlater and 4th Earl of Seafield, was an accomplished amateur landscape architect and philanthropist; after his death, scandal erupted when he was outed by his own relatives in Scotland.
Gray, Eileen
Renowned designer of furniture, rugs, and lacquered screens, Eileen Gray also gained fame as an architect who created elegant and spare residences.
Interior Design
The career of interior design has been stereotyped as gay; although this stereotype often invites ridicule, it stems from a cultural perception that gay men may have special skills in the area of artistic design and fashion trends.
Johnson, Philip
A dominating force in American architecture, Philip C. Johnson had a chameleon-like career in which he often reinvented himself.
Morgan, Julia
Pioneering California architect Julia Morgan designed more than 700 buildings, including many commissioned by women's groups, but she is most remembered as the architect of San Simeon.
Percier(-Bassant), Charles (1764-1838), and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (1762-1853)
French architects and designers Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine were among the founders and principal exponents of the neoclassic Empire style; they are known for the elegance and grace of their work and for their devotion to each other.
Pries, Lionel H.
Lionel H. Pries was a noted architect and artist, now primarily remembered for his teaching career at the University of Washington, which was cut short when he was arrested in a vice sting in the late 1950s.
Rudolph, Paul
Modernist architect Paul Rudolph was one of the most esteemed American architects of the 1960s.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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