Modern Talk

Modern Talk: Northwest Mid-Century Architects Oral History Project

Modern Talk is Docomomo WEWA’s oral history project that documents the work and lives of design professionals who created a Northwest Regional Modern aesthetic in the mid-twentieth century. The architects and designers who created in the Modern vein in Western Washington in the post-WWII years left a rich legacy of design in our built environment. This project honors that legacy.

Important partners in this project are Jack Straw Productions and architectural photographers John Stamets and Abby Inpanbutr.

This project was made possible through the generous donations of individuals and corporations and through grants from the 4Culture Heritage Special Projects Program and the National Trust Preservation Fund.

Planning for the project began in 2007. Architects and designers were interviewed in 2008 and 2009. Photography took place between 2008 and 2013.

Interview subjects are listed below. You may listen to segments of their audio interviews, view photo essays of some of their finest work and download transcripts of entire interviews.