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Authors on Architecture: Buckner on Lyman
SAH/SCC Talk & Book Signing, Santa Monica
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Please join SAH/SCC and the Santa Monica Public Library (Moore Ruble Yudell, 2006) as we celebrate the work of architect Frederic P. Lyman, FAIA (1927-2005). SAH/SCC member Cory Buckner will discuss the little-known work of this inventive and skilled architect who practiced in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. The work is detailed in Buckner’s new book, The Lyman House and the Work of Fredric P. Lyman (Crestwood Hills Press, 2017).

After receiving his M.Arch from Yale University, Lyman returned to California where he purchased a lot in Malibu and built his iconic residence. Buckner’s presentation will feature a treasure trove of Lyman’s perspective drawings—all carefully rendered in colored pencil. Lyman’s use of color is abstract rather than naturalistic, and the viewer feels the grain of wood and weight of the rocks in his compositions.

An architect as well as an author, Buckner is well known for her books Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia (Angel City Press, 2015) and A. Quincy Jones (Phaidon, 2002). She has also written for LA ArchitectThe Los Angeles TimesDwellMetropolitan Home, and many other publications.

Buckner knew Lyman personally. “During my first year at what is now CalArts, I met Frederic P. Lyman,” writes Buckner. “He was to become the major influence of my life introducing me to classic literature, Wagner, and architecture. I changed my focus from art to architecture two years after graduating and apprenticed with Lyman in order to get my license.” The Lyman House and the Work of Fredric P. Lyman will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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