Sanford M. Goldman AIA Architect
Sanford Goldman with Frank Lloyd Wright in the Taliesin drafting room in Spring Green, Wisconsin in 1957.
My dream, as an architectural student, was to study with Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1957, after graduating from the University of Florida, I was fortunate to get a personal interview with Mr. Wright and was accepted as an apprentice. Thus began the most architecturally rewarding experience of my life....a year and a half at Taliesin, working and studying directly with Frank Lloyd Wright. Sometimes when I was in the drafting room, and looked up and saw Mr. Wright at his desk, I thought I must be dreaming.
Among the many things I learned from Mr. Wright were the interaction of spatial volumes both horizontally and vertically (you can see the interaction of these spatial volumes in some of the photos I've included in this website), the natural use of materials, and blurring the lines between the inside & outside of a home.
When I said goodbye to him at the end of my stay he said, "Sanford, it will be several years before you realize how much you've learned at Taliesin." With all the arrogance of a twenty three year old, I believed I already knew everything about architecture, and was on my way to becoming a great architect.
After opening my own practice, it didn't take me many years to realize that I had much more to learn about people and about architecture....I'm still learning.
Over the years, I have designed buildings for educational, governmental, religious, residential, and medical purposes....once even a dog house. But my true love and most creative projects have always been designing homes. I think of my homes as "sculptures to live in," each one a jewel with light streaming in from unexpected places and courtyards with quiet fountains, with inviting spaces to curl up and read a book...each house, a carefully created informal home designed for true living.
I invite you to view the included website photos of some of my homes. Since architecture is a visual art, the photos are presented without a lot of explanation. Because of my background, my architecture expresses many of Wright's design concepts. If you like the feelings these photos project, please contact me.