O'Neil Ford was an architect in the mid-nineteenth century and is considered to have been on the forefront of modern design. In fact, Ford is described as one of the nation's best unknown architects. In 1926, Ford began his architectural career, mentored by David R. Williams. In 1934, he entered private practice and began to design and construct his now infamous modern, uniquely Texan homes. In his later years, Ford was elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, appointed to the National Council of the Arts by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and was even designated a historic landmark. Ford passed away in July of 1982, but is still widely remembered for his contributions to architecture and design.
Ford's dedication to the natural world and his treatment of nature's items as immovable objects, contributed to his unique, blended designs. By studying his works, we can not only appreciate his innate attention to detail and modern design, but also recognize the ways he incorporated the natural landscape into his architecture.
My boss had me research O’Neil Ford and his architecture, and this was my takeaway.
Written by Jamie Treadwell, age 18, Christoval High School senior, intern at KFA