Victoria Meyers

Architect / United States / Hanrahan Meyers Architects (hMa)

Victoria Meyers’s Book List

I selected my books for many reasons. Some books have followed me around for a very long time (I started reading Frank Lloyd Wright’s writings when I was seven or eight.). Some books on the list were given to me by relatives whom I was close to (The Poetry of Robert Frost, given to me by my aunt). Complete Poems and Selected Letters of Michelangelo catalogues a life that I can relate to—suffering because of the design process! Some books got me through dark times with good advice, others with their amazing humor (John Cage and Andy Warhol).

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Michelangelo Buonarroti
Creighton Gilbert Translator
Robert N. Linscott Editor

Not that I see myself as anywhere near his equal, but I can relate to his struggles. I know how it feels to ruin dinner with your family because you’re struggling with clients who have not paid, or who demand too much. I know how it feels to write notes to clients, asking to be paid, or asking for more time. It all makes perfect sense to me, and is somehow very reassuring to think that Michelangelo struggled with so many of the mundane aspects of design that plague me as well.

Robert Frost
Edward Connery Lathem Editor

The aunt who gave me this book was my favorite relative. She was my great-aunt, and still tied to the family’s older traditions. She even had an old horse-drawn sleigh in her garage/barn! She was the family matriarch, and my family spent every Christmas Day at her house, until she left us. I cannot read Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” without thinking about her, or getting a tear in my eye. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, and the works of Frost and the painter Andrew Wyeth had a strong influence on my development as an artist.

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