Bruce Alonzo Goff (1904 – 1982) was an Organic architect, best known for his eccentric designs that flew in the face of conventional architecture.
At age 12, he became an intern for an architectural firm in Tulsa, OK, eventually becoming a partner in the firm in 1930. Around this time, Goff and his high school art teacher Adah Robinson designed Tulsa’s Boston Avenue Methodist church.
In 1942, Goff accepted a teaching position at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Architecture. He proved to be a very popular professor—architectural students from across the country flocked to Norman with the hope of studying under him. This would prove to be his most professionally prolific period as well.
In 1955, Goff was forced to resign from his position at the University of Oklahoma after being accused of “endangering the morals of a minor,” though many historians believe he was actually forced from his position because of his homosexuality.
Following his break with the University of Oklahoma, Goff went on to build more flamboyant, singularly exuberant structures in Oklahoma and beyond, including the Pavilion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Though well regarded in his time by Frank Lloyd Wright and cited as an influence by both Frank Gehry and Philip Johnson, Goff never attained the same level of canonization in the architectural world.
This documentary uncovers the mystery behind the man.