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Happy Birthday Philip Johnson

Today, the recipient of the very first Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1979 and the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, Philip Johnson (1906-2005), would have turned 108.

Johnson was described by Pritzker jurors as someone who “produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the environment. As a critic and historian, he championed the cause of modern architecture and then went on to design some of his greatest buildings.” In 1932, along with Henry-Russell Hitchcock, he curated the Modern Architecture: International Exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art - at that moment, “The International Style” was born, and the course of modern architecture forever altered.

Johnson's work was not limited to modernism, and in 1984 he designed the iconic AT&T building in New York (today the Sony Building), a 197 meter tall postmodernist sky scraper. The building became infamous for its ornamental style and resemblance to Michael Grave's Humana building. Another iconic building designed by Philip Johnson, together with John Burgee, is the Puerta de Europa in Madrid, two leaning towers that have become an icon of the Spanish capital. 

As we did for the last few years, ArchDaily is celebrating with a special Glass House logo. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, The Glass House, with its perfect proportions and its simplicity, is still considered a modern marvel. Check out more by Philip Johnson on ArchDaily, after the break.

AD Classics: Puerta de Europa AD Classics: The Glass House AD Classics: Rothko Chapel The New York State Pavilion in the World’s in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Photo by Wally Gobetz/http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg © Flickr user C. Strife © Ezra Stoller/Esto Courtesy of  Wikipedia Commons View of the gallery complex from 54th Street. Image © Timothy Hursley

Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9. Image Courtesy of Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973
Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9. Image Courtesy of Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973

From left: Andy Warhol, David Whitney, Philip Johnson, Dr. John Dalton, and Robert A. M. Stern in the Glass House in 1964. Photography by David McCabe
From left: Andy Warhol, David Whitney, Philip Johnson, Dr. John Dalton, and Robert A. M. Stern in the Glass House in 1964. Photography by David McCabe

Cite:Gili Merin. "Happy Birthday Philip Johnson" 08 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/398631/happy-107th-birthday-philip-johnson/>