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A Vision of Place

The Work of Curtis & Windham Architects

William Curtis and Russell Windham

Introduction by Stephen Fox


Texas A&M University Press
Barnes and Noble 

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Sara and John Lindsey Series in the Arts and Humanities
November 2016, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62349-458-2
$50.00 US
11″ x 13″, 224 pp.

From the publisher:

Since the beginnings of their architectural practice in 1992, William Curtis and Russell Windham have dedicated their work to the principle that classical architecture, in its best sense, should embody the same rigor, the same attention to surroundings, and the same thoughtful approach to design theory that fuel the most forward-looking styles and movements. This notion may seem obvious to casual onlookers, but, in the words of architectural historian Stephen Fox, “In twenty-first century Houston, this conservationist attitude is revolutionary.”

In this graciously appointed book, Curtis and Windham, with contributions from some of their associates, reflect on more than two decades of the practice of classical contemporary architecture, providing an expansive view of eighteen representative projects that range from a small backyard garage-studio in an unassuming neighborhood near Rice University to large dwellings situated in Houston’s River Oaks, and even including multi-building, country retreats.

Opening with a contextualizing introduction by esteemed architectural historian Stephen Fox, A Vision of Place documents the authors’ quiet assertion that carefully considered work performed along traditional lines can be, in its own way, groundbreaking. Curtis and Windham demonstrates the versatility of classical ideals and methods for instilling a contemporary resonance of place in urban, suburban and even rural contexts.

WILLIAM CURTIS and RUSSELL WINDHAM have received both regional and national recognition. Their home and garden designs have been featured in Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Period Homes, and other publications.