CHARLESTON — From world-class spas and resorts to children’s museums, Wendell Burnette and his Phoenix-based architecture firm have designed it all. Libraries? Check. Community Centers? You betcha. Tons and tons of private residences, you know, the kind that make you wish they were your home? Heck yes.

Wendell Burnette

Wendell Burnette
Image Credit: Wendell Burnette Architects

On Tuesday, the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston and American Institute of Architects, Charleston Chapter, will hold another installment of its joint lecture series with a presentation by architect Burnette of Wendell Burnette Architects.

This marks the third year of the series, which brings high-profile designers and architects to the Lowcountry to speak with the local creative community.

One of the many desert-based homes Burnette and his firm have designed.

One of the many desert-based homes Burnette and his firm have designed.
Image Credit: Wendell Burnette Architects

Burnette has been a practicing architect for more than 34 years. During his career he’s worked with the studio of William Bruder, served as project architects and co-designer of the New Phoenix Central Library as currently serving as a professor of practice at The Design School at Arizona State University.

Burnette has traveled widely in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas to assimilate a world perspective of architecture. In the United States and specifically in the American deserts he has absorbed a unique, regional understanding of place. His work has been presented in more than 150 publications worldwide. Burnette’s architecture has received local and national awards, and due to this recognition, continues to be invited as a guest lecturer, teacher and critic at universities and events across North America.

The series, which is free and open to the public, is designed to elevate awareness of the impact quality design can have on the built environment, as well as to inspire design professionals of all types to elevate their practices for the benefit of the community.

The lecture will be at the Charleston Visitor’s Center Auditorium, 375 Meeting St., starting at 6 p.m. After the lecture, Burnette will be signing and selling a limited number of copies of his book, “Dialogues in Space,” a 600-plus-page monograph featuring essays and contributions by Burnette, Robert McCarter, Brian Mackay-Lyons and Juhani Pallasmaa.

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