BFA | Construction
Brian Maxwell has worked at Taliesin West since 2005 where he mentors architectural students in workshop related fabrication, and shelter construction projects. Brian works with students to locate appropriate materials and supplies for their projects. This “hands on” knowledge will serve students well in their careers as they develop innate sensibilities about the correctness of things under their control.
Brian assisted students in building The ModFab structure. This unique design was built on site with the majority of work being performed by the students of the Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture School. He also assists with the ongoing Shelter Construction Program which encourages students to test themselves with the design and construction of their own personal living space in the desert environment. His interaction with students in these physical projects encourages all students to experiment with materials in new and inventive ways.
Brian also mentors in a variety of art mediums throughout the year at Taliesin West, and teaches ceramics and sculpture for younger students with the Summer Outreach program.
Additionally he assists the Licensing department with the twice yearly trips to the International Gift Show in New York City where he assembles the display booth for the display and sale of licensed products for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Brian's work at Taliesin West comes after years spent in production design in ceramics, metals casting, resin casting and manufacturing, and bronze monumental sculpture. His own personal work involves sculpture in clay, wood, steel, and bronze, and landscape pastels. He has manufactured his own ceramics products and dinnerware designs. Some of which have been featured in New York magazine, Food and Wine magazine, and others. His working life following his BFA degree from Kent State University in Ohio has helped him develop a wide range of material skills and competencies which come into daily use in problem solving with the ever changing scenarios of student projects.