Archinect - Features 2017-08-23T12:05:42-04:00 7 famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts Julia Ingalls 2016-09-09T11:11:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T03:44:57-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Don&rsquo;t tell the architectural students with six figures of debt, but that education of theirs might not be entirely necessary&mdash;especially when one looks at the ranks of famous architectural dropouts and autodidacts. These accomplished designers either didn&rsquo;t complete their formal education or simply forged their own path by virtue of teaching themselves how to design. No matter how they dodged formal education, all of these figures pursued a passionate love of their field.&nbsp;</p> Tadao Ando Interview: 20 Minutes with a Master Paul Petrunia 2012-04-23T20:10:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T18:38:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I can easily point to Tadao Ando's work as one of my earliest sources of inspiration, pulling me toward a life embedded in architecture. The powerful simplicity of his forms has always seemed to me, to represent an understanding far greater than that of the built environment alone. A few weeks ago, we had a rare opportunity to meet and talk with the master, thanks to a generous offer from <a href="" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Axel Schmitzberger</a>, during Ando's brief visit to Los Angeles to collect his <a href="" target="_blank">2012 Richard Neutra Award</a>. So, <a href="" target="_blank">Orhan</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Alex</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Kaori</a> and I headed out to <a href="" target="_blank">Neutra's VDL House</a> in Silver Lake, on a chilly afternoon in late March, for a brief, yet memorable, chat.</p>