Form Follows Function: Celebrating 10 Years of the American Institute of Architects at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

On view Sunday, August 8, 2010 – Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Caroline Wiess Law Building

In 2000, the MFAH and the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects launched a partnership with dual goals: building a world-class collection of objects designed by architects and educating the public about the role architects play in design history beyond their buildings.

This collaboration—the only one of its kind in the United States—resulted in the American Institute of Architects Design Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The collection has grown to include more than 25 objects.

Form Follows Function celebrates the first 10 years of the partnership by displaying highlights from the collection. The presentation showcases works by renowned international architects such as Gae Aulenti, Peter Behrens, Marcel Breuer, Frank Gehry, Josef Hoffmann, Gerrit Rietveld, Aldo Rossi, Eliel Saarinen, and Louis Sullivan.

Image: Aldo Rossi, Manufactured by Alessi, Tea and Coffee Piazza, 1983, 2008.4 The MFAH, the American Institute of Architects, Houston Design Collection, gift of the American Institute of Architects, Houston and friends of John Chase in his honor

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