From1944 to 1948, Mark Mills apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright. When he heard Wright say that seashells are nature’s perfect architecture, Mark made that idea an element of his life’s work. As seashells shape themselves to meet the needs of their inhabitants, so Mark designed structural roof systems that sheltered his homes and framed the lives of the owners. An architectural engineer before he trained with Wright, Mark Mills blended structural principles with forms from nature to create his own visionary designs.

Janey Bennett is an architectural historian and award- winning novelist (The Pale Surface of Things). She first wrote about Mark Mills’ architecture in 1993 for The Journal of Taliesin Fellows. The structural elegance of Mills’ architecture stayed with her and, after Mills died, she felt she had to record his important work with a larger and more thorough publication.

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