Conrad Buff, III, F.A.I.A.
Conrad came to architecture from a unique and creative background. His parents were successful artists who also connected with and entertained artistic and intellectual leaders of the day.
One of Richard Neutra's earliest projects in the U.S. was designing a garage and entry for his friend, Conrad Buff, II.
Conrad always included an artist-craftsman point of view in the work. He was a fine furniture and jewelry maker, and he made many spectacular pieces that were an incredible compliment to the living experience for lucky clients.
Beyond that, his craftsman aesthetic permeated his use of materials and form, creating warmth and human connection that counterbalanced the austere geometric frameworks of the architecture.
In 1977, he designed and built "Rapor" (pictured here) for he and his wife Libby. Nestled in the hills in West Pasadena, it again realizes the typical Buff and Hensman goals of simultaneous openness and privacy.