An Authentic Montana Voice
The Architecture and Art of Phil Korell

by Mark Gelernter

published by The University of Montana Press

  • Designs Inspired by Western Landscape & Culturefrom Montana Architect Phil Korell

    For over sixty years, Montana architect Phil Korell has created buildings of exceptional beauty and delight. Raised on a ranch outside Utica, Montana, and educated at the University of Washington in traditional methods of design, he learned how to shape buildings in harmony with our distinctive Western landscapes and traditional Montana culture.

    The influence of Western landscape and culture infuses his designs with a deep and satisfying sense of authenticity. Because these buildings feel like they belong to a treasured place and time, when we experience them they cause us to feel like we belong to something special and bigger than ourselves. This desirable feeling is unfortunately rare in much contemporary architecture, making Phil’s work all the more valuable for us to study today.

    To help others who would like to create this feeling in their own buildings, this book explains how Phil designs, it uncovers many of his key design concepts, and it shows examples of his most distinctive work. This is intended to help designers in different locations and cultures to assess their own conditions and then derive their own authentic ideas.

136 pages, 10.75, Hardback smythe sewn with cloth cover

ISBN 10: 1-79235-368-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-79235-368-0


    - Dozens of photographs, drawings and diagrams of Phil Korell's architecture.

    - Several examples of the artist's fine art drawings and paintings.





An Authentic Montana Voice
The Architecture and Art of Phil Korell

Dr. Mark Gelernter is an Emeritus Dean and Emeritus Professor Architecture, retired from the University of Colorado Denver. He grew up in Great Falls, received a Bachelor of Architecture from Montana State University in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of London in 1981. He was a Lecturer for 8 years at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, before joining the University of Colorado Denver in 1987. He moved into university administration in 1998, serving first as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and then from 2003 as the Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning. He remained Dean until his retirement in 2017, and then moved back to Montana, wondering why he had left this great state for so long. He and his wife, Ginny DuBrucq, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a retired architect who ran her own successful design firm in Denver for almost 50 years, designed and built a house together in the Flathead area.

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