by Louis R Pounders, illustrated by Terry DeWitt
Memphis architect Louis R Pounders, FAIA, recipient of the 2014 AIA Tennessee Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award, has written a Children’s board book on architecture entitled Frank, An Architect’s Dog. The book features ‘Frank’, an inquiring Golden Retriever living with an architect in Memphis and offers Frank’s perceptions and observations on architecture. The book was illustrated with hand-drawn watercolor images by retired architect Terry DeWitt.
You can click here to watch a fun little video of Louis reading his book.
Pounders dedicates the book to renowned Memphis architect Francis P Gassner, FAIA, who was his mentor in the early 1970’s. Gassner died in 1977 at age 50. Many of the structures depicted in the book including the State Office Building, the Shelby County Administrative Building, the C&I Bank Building (now the Visible Music College) and Gassner’s own Midtown home are buildings in Memphis designed by Gassner; even his 1964 Porsche car is included. Several local projects designed by Pounders also appear in the book including the MIFA Headquarters in Memphis, the Tunica River Park in Mississippi and the Alex Haley Interpretive Center in Henning, TN.
The book is available at ANF Architects.
Pounders was interviewed about the book in the Commercial. Read the article in the CA.