Modern Views:

A Conversation on Northwest Modern Architecture

a film by:

studio/216 and presented by: The University of Washington Department of Architecture in the College of Built Environments

On Saturday afternoon, January 28th, sixty-eight people gathered for the Winter Carnival at the Codman Carriage house

for refreshments and a viewing of the film.

“An insightful new documentary about mid-century Northwest modern architecture, Modern Views illustrates how designers today can learn from sustainable and economic choices made 50 years ago. Through the personal histories and narrative of five prominent Northwest modern architects, the film offers a deeper understanding of this unique style of architecture happening in the Pacific Northwest in a period that is often overlooked.

Focusing on the works of Arne Bystrom, Wendell Lovett, Gene Zema, Ralph Anderson, and Fred Bassetti, these architects of the “Northwest School” discuss their choice of materials, leading to a richer palette of adaptive design aesthetics. Most of them University of Washington graduates, these modest designers often worked under the premise that “less is more” in a period that shared some of the same economic challenges we face today.  The work from this modern era depicts the importance of allowing a region to influence modern buildings, while leaving behind an important legacy of environmental responsibility.”

For more information:, and select Modern Views Film Trailer