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Herb Greene studied architecture with Bruce Goff, one of the nation’s most original and creative architects and, in the opinion of many, its most important architectural educator. Greene did many presentation drawings for Goff which are now in the Art Institute or Chicago.  Greene also worked for John Lautner who was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original apprentices. Greene’s Oklahoma Prairie House caused an international sensation when it was published in color in Life and Look magazines, The London Time Journals, and journals throughout Europe and Japan. His residential work, following Goff’s, is dedicated to the expression the client’s favored colors, hobbies and interests, existential qualities such as the client’s personality and physiognomy as well as issues of site, region and the nature of materials. The Art Institute of Chicago, probably the most prestigious art museum in the country, which holds the work of Sullivan, Wright, Goff and “The Prairie Tradition”, has accepted all of his architectural drawings and several of his collage paintings.

Herb Greene taught architecture at the University of Oklahoma for six years following Goff’s retirement to continue the Goff legacy. During this period he also designed and built houses of significant historic interest. He then moved to Lexington, Kentucky for eighteen years. Greene has always been active as a painter as well as an architect. After his retirement from teaching, Greene moved to California where he continues to write, paint and promote his concept for building with artists. In 1981, Greene published a book on building with artists which advocates incorporating the work of artists and crafts people into architecture to increase perceptual richness and history in an architectural form. To this end he has worked with John Toki, noted artist ceramist, technical and installation expert, on three projects.

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