Author, Professor and Architect Travis Price is on a mission to bring the spirit back to our built environment.
By Michael Clements
Talking to Travis Price borders on the existential. I can’t help but think, as we converse over salad at Anthony Lanier’s venerable Leopold’s Kafe & Konditorei, that this must be how a young student at Plato’s Athenian Academy must have felt. You catch the general gist of his meaning – but just enough to leave your head spinning with deeper questions borne from heightened awareness. There’s no doubt Travis’ students in the Experiences in Architecture program at The Catholic University know how I feel.
This founder of the Georgetown-based eponymous Travis Price Architects and author of The Archeology of Tomorrow: Architecture & the Spirit of Place, is also the designer of the largest “green” building on the planet (the TVA headquarters complex); National Geographic has dubbed him a “visionary” and is flying him around the planet this month to lecture on the coat-tails of the release of his book; and he has brought the spirit of design to both commercial and home architecture from his “tree-house” home in Rock Creek Park to “modern idioms” such as a stargazing temple in Machu Picchu.