09 March 2004

Warren Callister: Listening for architecture

Chronicle photo by Eric Luse

Boldly modern, yet arising from the spirit of the place. This is how Dave Weinstein characterizes Warren Callister’s work in his illustrated SF Chronicle article Warren Callister: Listening for architecture. Instructive are the architect’s own words on the work:

“It’s not International Style. It’s more regional in feeling,” he says. “The work I do is trying to reflect the region I’m in.”

Callister comes up with designs by walking the site and listening, a technique he learned from photographer Minor White. “You leave yourself open and it all starts flooding in,” he says. “You’re listening for more than superficial things. The most powerful things come in when you listen.”


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