WG CLARK

Edmund Schureman Campbell Professor, Architecture

Education: BArch, University of Virginia


W. G, Clark has been twice listed in Time magazine as one of America's best designers. His work has received three National Design awards from the American Institute of Architects for the Middleton Inn, the Reid House and the Croffead House. He has won several international competitions, including the New Orleans Museum of Art competition in 1983, the South Carolina Aquarium in 1987, and the Clemson Architecture Center in 2005. In 2008 the Oxford American selected the Clark House as one of the nine Best Modern Houses of the New South and was included in the "40 under 40" exhibition by the Architectural League of New York. Mr. Clark's work has been widely published, in Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, A+U, GA Houses, Abitare, 9-H, Perspecta, Arkkitehti and the New York Times Magazine. He is the subject of the monograph, Clark and Menefee, (Richard Jensen, Princeton Architectural Press, 2000) W. G. Clark Associates are the architects of the East Addition to the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

W. G. Clark was born in Louisa, Virginia, and studied architecture at the University of Virginia. After working for Venture Rauch and Scott Brown in Philadelphia, he began architectural practice in Charleston, South Carolina in 1974. Mr. Clark was appointed design critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1987. In 1989 he was appointed chairman of Architecture at the University of Virginia and was named Edmund Schureman Campbell Professor in 1989.


Nevertheless, myths of authenticity as projected in Laugier’s primitive hut and Thoreau’s Walden find their reverberation in Clark and Menefee’s Reid and Croffead houses or in the guest rooms at Middleton Inn. Being there, almost in unmediated contact with nature, merely screened with fig-leaf-like adjustable wooden louvers, puts the inhabitant of the primary cell, as that comforting euphemism of a primitive hut, into as close as a prime state of existence as possible in today’s spoilt civilization... Wilfred Wang on the work of Clark and Menefee

At the necessary juncture of culture and place, architecture seeks not only the minimal ruin of landscape, but something more difficult: a replacement of what was lost with something that atones for that loss," he wrote in a 1991 essay titled Replacement. "In the best architecture, this replacement is through an intensification of the place, where it emerges no worse for human intervention, where culture's shaping of the place to specific use results in a heightening of the beauty of the landscape. In these places we seem worthy of existence. W. G. Clark