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The student is a cerebral thinker, a philosopher, a visionary and a guy with a wry sense of humor. There’s no such thing as a brief conversation with him. Anecdotes, digressions, sidebars and footnotes — all of them fascinating — flow about his more than six decades in architecture. Riding out the pandemic in a North Scottsdale desert home he designed with his wife of 38 years, Vernon “Vern” Swaback spends his days working on design and planning projects for his firm, Swaback Architects and Planners; devoting time to his Two Worlds Community Foundation, a nonprofit think tank aimed at building strong communities; and finishing up his 12th book.
He credits his multitasking and creativity to one source: the two years he spent studying and working with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, and Taliesin, in Wisconsin. At age 81, Swaback might be the last of Wright’s apprentices still practicing architecture. He’s happy to talk about the master architect’s influence on his career and life.
“I was raised by conservative, religious parents,” Swaback...
History, Nature & Culture
“We were a secret.” Tears gather in Candelora Lehi’s eyes as she places her hands on her desk for support. “We just want people to know we’ve always been here. That we’re...