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Architect , designer , painter , Graphic designer

Arthur Alfonso Carrara, American Architect, designer, painter, graphic designer. Served to major Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member American International Assurance, Alpha Rho Chi.


Carrara, Arthur Alfonso was born on April 8, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Cesare and Georgia (Marcucci) Carrara.


Bachelor of Arts Arch, University of Illinois, 1937; apprenticeship, John S. VanBergen, Prairie School Architect, Highland Park, Illinois, 1938.


Private practice architecture, Chicago, 1946-1995. Teacher, lecturer various architectural schools and museums. Member editorial staff Inland Architect, 1964-1967.

Member National Council Architects Registration Board.


  • Other Work

    • Collector, curator, Prairie School Architects work. One-man architectural shows include, Milwaukee Art Center, 1960, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1962, Albright-Knox Art Museum, 1965, Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum Art, Utica, New York, 1965. Exhibited in group show, Milwaukee Art Center, 1977-1978, introduction hydraulic/moving parts to architecture, Cafe Borranical, Melbourne, Australia, 1944.

      Architect master plan, Manila, P.I., 1944, Cebu, P.I., 1945, 1st magnetic sculpture exhibition, Renaissance Society, University Chicago, 1947, design 1st magnetic lamp, 1946. Designer, inventor magnet master playtool, 1947, inflata lamp, 1954, transfer print, 1957, one man show prints, Gilman Gallery, 1963. Exhibited in: group show An American Architecture: Its Roots, Growth and Horizons, Milwaukee Art Center, 1977.

      Introduction paper flexagon, Chicago Art Institute, 1957, principal magnetic and electro-magnetic into modern architecture, 1960. Designer sky-spider duct column, Graphic Controls Building, 1962, 1st large scale one piece fibre-glass skylite into modern architecture, 1963. Introduced air supported forms into architecture, 1964.

      Designed 1st continuous light-rift Architects Workshop, Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin, 1969. Introduced large-scale industrial fiberglass light-rift controles Graficas, S.A., Mexico City, 1970. Pioneer large-scale fibreglass architectural mechanical forms.

      Designer first stapled plywood furniture, first paper-core houses with paper-core furniture. Work appears in book The Prairie School Tradition, 1979, The Small House, 1986. Introduced art glass done with water jet and bonding material.

      Contributor articles to professional journals. One man show Canada Center for Architecture, Montreal, Canada, 1994.


Served to major Army of the United States, 1942-1945. Member American International Assurance, Alpha Rho Chi.


Married Charlotte A. Bartels, September 23, 1944.

Cesare Carrara

Georgia (Marcucci) Carrara

Charlotte A. Bartels