“Renegades” American School Book Wins 2021 Oklahoma Book Award for Design
Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture (OU Press, 2020) has won the 2021 Oklahoma Book Award for Design/Illustration. The Oklahoma Book Awards are put on by the Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries’ Center for the Book. It is also a finalist for the College Art Association’s 2021 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award.
Like America itself, the architecture of the United States is an amalgam, an imitation or an importation of foreign forms adapted to the natural or engineered landscape of the New World. So can there be an “American School” of architecture? Edited by Luca Guido, Stephanie Pilat, and Angela Person, Renegades answers these questions through essays by leading scholars, as well as a wide range of images, including rare, never-before-published sketches and models. Together these essays and illustrations map the contours of an American architecture that emerged under the guidance of Bruce Goff, Herb Green and others. Renegades was designed by Tony Roberts of OU Press.
Oklahoma Book Awards Judges’ Comments about Renegades
Documenting Oklahoma’s respected and renowned architect Bruce Goff, this oversized paperback uses elegant and straightforward design to compliment the subject. Renegades is illustrated throughout with architectural renderings, sketches, drawings, paintings, and photographs. Fine design details are found on nearly every page, from the artistic font used for the title, to the simple blue rule along the top of captions. Among the remarkable style choices is the ample, almost exaggerated white space at the bottom of most pages, appearing to push body text upward, while also enabling illustration captions to sit uniformly in the bottom quarter of each page. The beautiful cover—an artwork by Ernest Burden, a student of Goff’s—attracts the reader, while the design choices within keeps us reading.
Published on March 29, 2021